EAST LANSING, Mich. (CBS4) – A young Colorado swimmer has won several gold medals for the U.S. in the junior division of the World Dwarf Games.

(credit: Lyssa Towl)

(credit: Lyssa Towl)

(credit: Lyssa Towl)

(credit: Lyssa Towl)

Mia Towl, 9, was born with a form of dwarfism. She is roughly 3 feet tall and 40 pounds. She told CBS4 in May that swimming has become her escape from the troubles that come with being her height. A lot of people stare at her, and she does her best to ignore it.

The games are being held at Michigan State University and before Towl traveled there she was not sure how well she’d perform.

Her mother Lyssa proudly reported that she took gold in the 25 meter backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly. In the latter two races she set world records.

Towl is one of 81 athletes at the games representing the U.S. and that these were her first international races.

The World Dwarf Games are held every four years. They are the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism.

Mia asks that people never refer to her with the “M” word. She prefers to be called a “little person.” Better yet, just a person.

LINK: World Dwarf Games

(credit: Lyssa Towl)

(credit: Lyssa Towl)


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