Olympian Sam Willoughby marries the 'girl of his dreams'

Australian BMX cycling star Sam Willoughby has married 'the girl of his dreams' in an emotional New Year's Eve - fifteen months after being declared a tetraplegic.

Willoughby married his American sweetheart Alise Post before 180 family and friends in San Diego, with his former Olympic teammate one of his groomsmen. 

The 26-year-old has continued to defy the dire prognosis' of doctors in the US following his life-changing training accident in 2016, where he was left with no movement below the chest.

Australian BMX cycling star Sam Willoughby has married 'the girl of his dreams' Alise Post in an emotional New Year's Eve wedding in San Diego

Australian BMX cycling star Sam Willoughby has married 'the girl of his dreams' Alise Post in an emotional New Year's Eve in San Diego

He suffered fractures to his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord, leaving him unable to walk.

But he was determined to stand upright for his wife on their big day, with the aid of special locked-in knee braces. 

The London Olympics silver medallist and two-time world champion said he'd been picturing standing at the alter with Post since the day he proposed. 

'I'm sort of able to shuffle out there a little bit, so that's the plan,' Willoughby told AAP.

Willoughby married his American sweetheart Alise Post before 180 family and friends in San Diego, with his former Olympic teammate one of his groomsmen

Willoughby married his American sweetheart Alise Post before 180 family and friends in San Diego, with his former Olympic teammate one of his groomsmen

He suffered fractures to his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord, leaving him unable to walk - but he remained determined to stand at his wedding 

He suffered fractures to his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord, leaving him unable to walk - but he remained determined to stand at his  

'That's been the last month I've been doing that every day. It's been a lot of work to get to that point.

'I've pictured it in my mind since the day I proposed to her but I'm sure it will be more emotional and nerve-wracking when I actually get there.

'I'm just very happy that I'll be able to be vertical at the ceremony with Alise and just enjoy the day as much as possible.'

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