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Sport Para swimming
NPC United States   
Place of BirthMunich, FRG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Long Island City, NY, USA
Higher education
International Studies - Loyola University: Baltimore, MD, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He started swimming as a child in his hometown of Mount Sinai, New York, after moving there from Germany at the age of seven.
Why this sport?
Swimming was suggested to his mother by their neighbours, who had three kids that all swam, and he took to the sport immediately. Frequent eye surgeries left him unable to take part in contact sports so swimming proved to be the perfect outlet for him.
Club / Team
TVSC - Three Village Swim Club: Long Island City, NY, USA
Name of coach
Barry Roffer
General Interest
Writing, listening to audio books and travelling. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)
Awards and honours
He was nominated for the 2008 ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)

He won the 2007 McKinley Award for Best Male Athlete in his high school district. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)
His vision loss is the result of a connective tissue disorder called Stickler Syndrome, a congenital condition which causes retina detachment as well as cleft palate, hearing loss, high myopia, cataract and potentially arthritis. He lost vision in one eye at age six, and in the other eye at the age of 14 due to retina detachment. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2008 50m Freestyle S11 29.23
9 2008 100m Freestyle S11 1:04.11
5 2008 400m Freestyle S11 4:57.21
13 2008 100m Backstroke S11 1:20.46
8 2008 100m Butterfly S11 1:11.76
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:38.42
10 2010 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:32.23
5 2010 100m Freestyle S11 1:03.43
6 2010 100m Butterfly S11 1:09.27
11 2010 50m Freestyle S11 29.59
2 2010 400m Freestyle S11 4:49.40
13 2010 100m Backstroke S11 1:21.46
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
2 2009 100m Butterfly S11 1:08.62
2 2009 100m Freestyle S11 1:01.24