QUEBEC, Canada – She did not just represent the United States of America in the pool at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships, Cortney Jordan ('13) led the squad into the meet as the national flag bearer before hauling in a team-high six medals for Team USA.
Competing in her third World Championships meet, Jordan is one of the most veteran and accomplished international athletes on the team with a pair of Paralympic Games appearances to her name as well.
This year she was honored by her teammates who selected her to carry the US flag into the Opening Ceremonies on August 12.
Throughout the course of the seven-day event, Jordan earned a six-pack of medals with three gold, one silver and two bronze for the Stars and Stripes, which was more than any other competitor suiting up in the red, white and blue this week.
She opened the meet with gold in the 400m freestyle by swimming a 5:19.60 on Monday evening. Jordan followed with her second win in as many races on Wednesday, taking the 50 free in a time of 33.42.
On Thursday she nabbed two more medals, starting with silver in the 100m backstroke (1:25.32). She then joined forces with Anna Johannes, Elizabeth Smith and Jessica Long in the 4x100m Free Relay as the team earned bronze with a combined swim of 4:35.95, just 54 tenths of a second off the silver pace.
Jordan came back on Friday to swim the 100m free in a time of 1:11.75, earning her third trip to the top of the podium. On the final day of competition she added to her medal total with a bronze medal swim in the 200 IM, finishing in 3:10.31.
Overall the US women’s team tallied 22 medals. Jordan led the pack with six and Long followed with five.
In her three World Championship meets (2006-Durban, South Africa, 2010-Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2013-Quebec, Canada) as an S7 swimmer Jordan has earned 15 medals including five gold, two silver and eight bronze. Additionally, at two Paralympic Games, in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, she has earned eight total medals (one gold, three silver, four bronze).
Jordan is currently serving as a US Paralympic ambassador for the US Olympic Committee with the main goal of spreading awareness of the opportunities for disabled athletes.
Though it is three years away, competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Paralympic Games is intriguing for Jordan who will keeps this event on her radar as she continues to swim.