Wausau 9-year-old swimmer stars in documentary promo


A 9-year-old competitive swimmer from Wausau born with hand and feet deformities is helping promote a documentary that highlights the power of the mind in athletic performance.

Sydney Wagman was born with polysyndactyly, a congenital condition in which some of the fingers in her hands were fused, and the bones in her toes are malformed and growing together. A surgery early in her life repaired her hands, and when she’s older she’ll need to undergo more operations to mend her feet.

In the meantime, she swims.

“I would like to swim in the Olympics some day,” Sydney said.

See Wasau Daily Herald

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