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Colleen Young

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Residence
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Communications, Marketing, Public Relations - Fairfield University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
Her family encouraged her to take part in a range of sports. She played in golf tournaments and swam competitively, but after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, chose to focus on swimming. "My mother and my aunt were swimmers and I had no fear of being in the water. Being in the water is like floating, rather than being heavy on land."
Training Regime
In August 2020, she moved to Colorado Springs, CO, to train full-time at the US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. During the COVID -19 pandemic she created a new exercise to simulate breaststroke. She lies on a medicine ball and has her father hold her legs down while she lifts two 4.5 kilogram weights in a breaststroke motion.

General interest

Hobbies
Coffee, meditation, spending time with her dog. (Instagram profile, 16 Feb 2021; teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2020)
Hero / Idol
Her mother. (hercampus.com, 19 Apr 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I have to talk to people before I race, I think it loosens me up." (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Anyone can swim, any ability, any age, because the water treats you the same.” (colleenroseyoung.com, 01 Mar 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she won the Vornbrock Award. The honour is presented to the best female and best male swimmer, as voted by coaches, in Ozark, MO, United States of America. (teamunify.com, 12 Dec 2014)
Other sports
She has competed in able-bodied swimming competitions at university level in the United States of America. (ctpost.com, 24 Dec 2018)
Milestones
At age 14 years and 64 days, she was the youngest athlete in any sport to represent the United States of America at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, when she finished 12th in the S13 50m freestyle. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Mar 2021; huffingtonpost.com, 30 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (colleenroseyoung.com, 01 Mar 2021)
Impairment
She was born with albinism and is legally blind. "I couldn't really see the ball coming [when playing softball or soccer at school]. With swimming it's just you and the water, and you don't have to focus on anything coming at you except for the wall. I love the feeling of being in the water. It's so inclusive, like anyone can swim, any ability, any age, because the water treats you the same." (colleenroseyoung.com, 01 Feb 2021; Fairfield University YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019; ctpost.com, 24 Dec 2018; everydayhealth.com, 17 Aug 2012)
Other information
CHANGE OF ATTITUDE
She said she had put too much pressure on herself to perform during the 2019/20 season and planned to focus on enjoying the sport going forward. "If I didn't have a good practice, I would really beat myself down. Now, once [COVID-19] clears up and I go back to regular training, I just want to have fun with it. If you don't love the sport you're competing in, then it's not going to be fun and it's going to feel like you're stuck in a rut. I really want to focus on keeping that fun attitude, while still accomplishing my goals in a light-hearted way." She took up daily morning meditation and began writing a list of targets during the COVID-19 pandemic. "It brings you a sense of accomplishment, and goals you would normally have during a practice. I'm trying to take it one day at a time, and focus on one race at a time. If I set this goal, what are the things I need to do to get to that goal. And if I don't get that goal, how am I going to react to it?" (teamusa.org, 30 Apr 2020)

PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE
She was the youngest athlete in any sport to represent the United States of America at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was also part of the US national team four years later at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I definitely loved Rio a whole lot more than London. I was only 14 when I went to London so honestly I didn't really know what was going on half of the time. Don't get me wrong, London was great, but in Rio I was a lot more aware of my goals and what was happening." (hercampus.com, 19 Apr 2017; huffingtonpost.com, 30 Aug 2012)

FURTHER STUDIES
After completing a degree in communications with a minor in public relations at Fairfield University in the United States of America, she began studying for a master of business administration [MBA] with a focus on health services at Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University in Naperville, Illinois. (colleenroseyoung.com, 01 Mar 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2012-09-01 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2012-09-02 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2012-09-07 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2012-09-07 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2012-09-08 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2012-09-08 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2013-08-12 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2013-08-13 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2013-08-14 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-15 9
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2013-08-17 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-18 10
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-13 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-13 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2015-07-14 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2015-07-14 5
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2015-07-15 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 2015-07-15 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-16 11
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB13 Intermediate Time 2015-07-17 9999
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2015-07-17 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2015-07-19 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 3 2016-09-10 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2016-09-11 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 3 2016-09-14 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Swim-Off 2016-09-14 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 2 2016-09-17 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2017-12-02 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-03 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2017-12-06 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2017-12-06 2