Christina Lang

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
St. Petersburg College: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in about 2008.
Why this sport?
She began the sport after watching her older brother swimming. "It seemed like fun, and I asked him to show me a few of the strokes."
Club / Team
Palm Harbor YMCA Piranhas: United States
Name of coach
Lisa Bitting [club]

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"What the mind believes, the body will achieve." (dreamwhileachieving.wordpress.com, 29 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tpa.baynews9.com, 21 Jun 2016)
Impairment
She had her left leg amputated above the knee before the age of two. She had started bleeding internally in her limbs after complications from chicken pox. (Twitter profile, 08 Sep 2016; tampabay.com, 29 Sep 2015)
Other information
BREAK FROM THE SPORT
In about 2013 she stopped swimming for a few months because the club programme she swam for at the time treated her differently from able-bodied athletes. "The coach made me do a lot less than everyone else and would never let me go off the blocks because they were afraid I would hurt myself. They said they didn't know how to coach someone with one leg. It's not fun when you're cast aside. I talk to my mother all the time about where I would be if I had just given up swimming. How much I would have missed travelling, how many people I would have missed getting to know. I'm glad I've stuck with it." (tampabay.com, 29 Sep 2015)