The Trail to Triumph | Margaret Hoelzer | TEDxHuntsville


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Ten-year-old Margaret began telling her mom how, between the ages of 5 and 7, she thought she might have been sexually abused by the father of one of Margaret’s friends.

Margaret Hoelzer is an Olympic medalist, winning two silver medals and a bronze medal during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Margaret swam during the summer for Jones Valley Recreation Association (JVRA), Space City Swim, and for her team at Huntsville High School. Margaret later swam on the team at Auburn University, where she earned a degree in psychology, with a minor in criminology. Margaret is a public speaker on child abuse issues, and is the national spokesperson for the National Children’s Advocacy Center. In 2009, Margaret relocated to Seattle, Washington, and then to Fullerton, California, where she trains at Fullerton Aquatics with Coach Sean Hutchison.

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