2015 IMPACT25 Athlete: Olivia Quigley

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"My message to other ladies with breast cancer is to get off the couch. It doesn't help anything to sit there feeling sorry for yourself. You will get through it." -- Olivia Quigley

For most elite athletes, sickness can derail a career. For 24-year-old autistic sprinter Olivia Quigley, her breast cancer was merely a speed bump. Diagnosed in February, she told her medical team that the illness wouldn't keep her from competing in the Special Olympics World Games in July.

So Quigley, a self-described fighter, continued to train with taekwondo -- she's a high brown belt -- and a personal trainer while undergoing months of chemotherapy.

Still, it did not slow her down: Although chemo had drained her body of its usual quickness and pep, Quigley arrived in Los Angeles with a strong positive mentality that carried her to two gold medals in the 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay, and a silver medal in the 200 meters.

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The IMPACT25 is espnW's annual list of the 25 athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact for women in sports. Explore the 2015 list at espnW.com/IMPACT25.

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