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Alyssia Crook

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Allendale, MI, USA
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming as part of her physical therapy following the amputation of her leg in 2011. She then began training with her middle school swim team in Hudsonville, MI, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Initially she says she thought she "was going to sink with my one leg" but eventually grew to love the sport."In the water it's like nobody is saying stop."

General interest

Hobbies
Camping, rock climbing, downhill skiing, basketball. (Athlete, 26 May 2014)
Injuries
In mid-2012 she had reconstructive surgery on her foot. She was unable to go in the pool but she continued a workout schedule to build muscle. (wzzm13.com, 25 May 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She would also like to help children with physical impairments through swimming and rehabilitation. (hadishrine.org, 08 Mar 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a rare congenital disorder known as popliteal pterygium syndrome which she inherited from her Ukrainian birth mother. It is believed that her birth mother was exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The condition caused a build-up of scar tissue in her left leg which gradually 'strangled' the arteries and nerves, causing the leg to lose all blood circulation. After undergoing several painful treatments to try to save the leg she decided in 2011 to have it amputated below the knee. "My pain was gone and my freedom was here." (wzzm13.com, 25 May 2012; mlive.com, 19 May 2011; cltv.com, 28 Sep 2012)
Other information
UKRAINE TO THE UNITED STATES
Her parents adopted her from an orphanage in Ukraine at age five. (mlive.com, 19 May 2011)