The most decorated athlete in Olympic or Paralympic history, former Nebraska swimmer Trischa Zorn-Hudson is scheduled to appear and sign autographs at the new United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, August 28 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (Mountain).
Blind from birth, Zorn-Hudson was a four-year letter winner at Nebraska from 1984 through 1987. She made seven consecutive Paralympic appearances (1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004) across three decades, collecting 55 medals, including 41 gold, nine silver and five bronze. At the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Zorn-Hudson captured 10 gold medals and a pair of silvers. At the 1988 Paralympics Games in Seoul, she won 10 gold medals in 10 events and set 10 world records. She was inducted into the International Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Zorn-Hudson is credited with being the first physically disabled athlete to earn a full NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. During her time at Nebraska, Zorn-Hudson was a member of three Husker women’s swimming and diving teams that captured Big Eight Conference titles (1985, 1986, 1987). During her sophomore season in 1985, the Huskers finished ninth as a team at the 1985 NCAA Championships.
Zorn-Hudson, who came to Nebraska from Mission Viejo, California, is now a lawyer working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Indianapolis.
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs opened officially on July 30. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games continue in Japan through September 5.