Partially paralyzed Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto beats odds, walks new bride down aisle

Jamie Nieto was injured when he misjudged a back flip over a year ago while helping other jumpers. The two-time Olympian was left partially paralyzed after the accident. Doctors were not sure if he’d ever walk again. But he knew he would fully recover, The Associated Press reported.

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Nieto proposed to his now-wife six months after his accident. Shevon Stoddard was there through his journey, ESPN reported. She’s also an athlete, competing in the hurdles.

Prior to the wedding, he went into the church using a walker, but a cane was waiting in case he needed it during or after the ceremony. He didn’t. Nieto, with the help of a groomsman, got into place where he waited for his bride.

After the ceremony, with help from his wife, he was able to walk the length of 15 pews and five steps to waiting car holding on to his wife for support.

Two-time Olympic jumper Jamie Nieto, right, who was paralyzed from neck down 15 months ago after a spinal cord injury, walks down the aisle with his bride Shevon Stoddart after their wedding ceremony Saturday, July 22, 2017, in El Cajon, Calif. Step by halting step, Nieto made good on his vow to walk his new wife down the aisle of the church and out the door to a waiting limousine. It was roughly 130 steps, with a stop about halfway down the aisle for a kiss to appease the photographers. No cane, no walker, just his right arm holding onto his wife's left arm. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

“He set a goal, and he accomplished it, so that means a lot,” groomsman Kevin Henderson told ESPN.

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