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Victoria Arlen    

Survivor, ESPN & Ninja Warrior Host; Gold Medalist, Author & Dancing With The Stars Contestant

Victoria Arlen’s life drastically changed in 2006 at the tender age of eleven when she developed two rare conditions known as Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis. This was an incredibly rare scenario and Arlen quickly lost the ability to speak, eat, walk and move. She slipped into a vegetative state in which doctors had written her off as a lost cause. Arlen spent nearly four years “locked” inside her own body completely aware of what was going on just unable to move or communicate. Doctors believed there was little hope of survival and recovery was unlikely. Arlen, however, was not ready to give up. In 2010, after almost four years, she began the nearly impossible fight back to life. Learning how to speak, eat and move all over again.

Arlen went on to exceedingly defy the odds and not only recovered, but has since become an accomplished motivational speaker, television host and swimmer. Her swimming resume includes three silver and a gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, as well as multiple World, American, and Pan American Records.

In April 2015, Arlen made the transition from professional athlete to sportscaster. She joined ESPN as one of the youngest on air talents hired by the company, and reports and hosts across all platforms. The next year, Arlen defied yet another odd. After spending nearly a decade in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down, she was able to take one step after another. Not only did she learn how to walk again, but within a year and a half she was dancing as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. Arlen and her dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy quickly became fan favorites.

Arlen is also carrying out her dream of helping others, serving as the Founder and Co-Chair of Victoria's Victory Foundation, a nonprofit that assists those with mobility challenges to achieve their own personal victory.

Arlen’s book titled "Locked In" hit stores worldwide in August of 2018, and ESPN Films debuted a 30 for 30 short documentary titled “Locked In” based on Arlen’s story at the Tribeca Film Festival. Arlen was a contributing producer for the film. She became the face of Jockey in May of 2018 and debuted her signature clothing line Jockey by Victoria Arlen in September of 2019. In July of 2019, Arlen was announced as the new host of America Ninja Warrior jr, Season 2, which aired in February 2020.

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