A birth defect called aniridia left Zorn, of Mission Viejo, Calif., legally blind in both eyes, but she became a competitive swimmer by counting strokes to each turn. At the Paralympics following the Seoul Games, Zorn, 24, won an astonishing 12 golds. "Everyone asked if it got boring going to the awards stand," she said. "But it never got old for me."
MARY BEA PORTER
While trying to qualify for an LPGA tournament in Phoenix, Porter saw an Amish man pull his unconscious son, Jonathan Smucker, 3, out of a swimming pool near the golf course. After climbing a seven-foot fence, Porter gave the child mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until he began breathing again. She got a qualifying exemption for "heroism."