This fantastic athlete lost his hearing due to meningitis. Jeff Float is mostly deaf in one ear and can only half hear in the other. Nevertheless, he became a competitive swimmer. Jeff Float broke records and was the world champion for years. He was part of the 1980 Olympics team in multiple events, but Jeff could not participate due to the Moscow boycott.
However, four years later, Jeff Flout earned gold in the 4×200 men’s freestyle relay and got fourth in the 200m freestyle in 2016. He was considered one of the first legally deaf participants in the US to win a gold medal, and he could keep up with his own teammates, who could hear perfectly. Feeling inspired by these incredible athletes with disabilities?