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Published on October 18, 2012

Championship Swimmer to Speak in Aberdeen About Eating Disorders

Former Olympic hopeful swimmer Dagny Knutson will be visiting Aberdeen Oct. 25-26, and will hold a free, public session on “Eating Disorders in Elite Female Swimming Athletes: Dagny's Story" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Central High School.

Coaches, athletes and their parents are especially invited to attend this program. The 20-year-old Knutson is being brought to Aberdeen by Avera St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and Acceleration. Her dryland trainer, Jason Blackburn, who runs an Acceleration program in Knutson’s hometown of Minot, N.D., will also take part. Knutson will also be speaking Thursday at Aberdeen Roncalli and Presentation College, and Friday at several classes at Northern State University.

Knutson won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, but did not compete at the 2012 Olympic Trials because she was battling an eating disorder. She has since moved back to North Dakota from Florida and resumed training. Knutson plans to return to competition at the Minneapolis Grand Prix next month. She has been sharing her story of fighting an eating disorder to bring awareness to the problem and to help others through the struggle.

For more on Knutson’s story, see