June 16, 2011 (ELMHURST, Ill.) (WLS) -- On Friday, a local gold medal swimmer is heading to Greece to represent the U.S. in the Special Olympics World Summer Games.
She is the only swimmer from Illinois.
After 23 years of winning medals in different events, 37-year-old Jeanne Decarlo's dream has come true.
At Elmhurst's YMCA, Jeanne practices swimming as her coach and mom Sheri encourages her to swim faster.
Swimming has always been something Jeanne does well. She was born with Williams Syndrome.