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See Why Jumping in a Pool Saved This Blind Woman's Life

Blind swimmer Vivian Stancil is a Senior Olympian, but she would have never gotten in the pool had it not been for a doctor's dire warning. At age 50, she was told she would not live to see her 60th birthday unless she lost weight to improve her health. Overcoming her fear of the water, Vivian learned to swim and went from a size 24 to 12. Now at age 70, Vivian has won more than 200 medals and has started her own swimming school. This short film from director Riley Hooper profiles this extraordinary woman and her inspiring story of transformation.

This film is presented by Charles Schwab. See more films, celebrating Vivian and all those who take control of their future, from their Own your tomorrow® campaign on Vimeo.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.