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David Smetanine

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Grenoble, FRA
Occupation
Consultant, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Higher education
Management - University Pierre Mendes France [UPMF]: Grenoble, FRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively in 1992, and took up Para swimming in 1996.
Why this sport?
He got involved the sport as part of his rehabilitation. He first considered competing in Para swimming after his employer, the mayor of Grenoble, invited him to a function welcoming back the French team from the 1996 Paralympic Games.
Club / Team
Nautic Club ALP'38: France
Name of coach
Julien Poirier [personal], FRA, from 2017

General interest

Nicknames
Mr Smet, Sa Saintete (Athlete, 20 Mar 2019)
Hobbies
Travel, skiing. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His coaches. (IPC, 04 Nov 2009)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter and long jumper Carl Lewis. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never consider yourself defeated." (handisport.org, 10 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
He received the 2018 Grand Prix Award from the Fair Play International Committee in Budapest, Hungary. (hu.ambafrance.org, 13 Sep 2019)

He was named a Knight of the French Legion of Honour in recognition of his performances at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 14 Nov 2008)
Ambitions
To win his 10th Paralympic medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was involved in a car accident in 1995, which resulted in partial quadriplegia. He has some degree of paralysis in all of his limbs, and has also lost sensation in his hands. (Athlete, 20 Mar 2019; 20minutes.fr, 09 Sep 2008)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In December 2017 he was elected to serve as a member of the World Para Swimming Athletes' Advisory Group [AAG] from 2018 to 2021. In 2018 the region of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in France selected him as ambassador to its 'Sport & Disability' programme. In 2016 he was named member of the Athlete's Committee of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee. (Facebook profile, 25 Feb 2020; LinkedIn profile, 18 Mar 2019; placegrenet.fr, 04 Sep 2018; paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2017)

INSPIRATION
He is inspired the most to continue competing by his motivation and his desire to win. "I think those are the two most important aspects needed to last this long at this level, and then the quest for the challenge. Because I think I have already won everything in different competitions, so the challenge to win my 10th Paralympic medal is what motivates me to go training every day." (handisport.org, 10 Sep 2019)

FOUNDATION
He has established the David Smetanine Foundation to help people with an impairment in Cameroon. (davidsmetanine.fr, 18 Mar 2019; dicodusport.fr, 14 Dec 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 9999
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 2 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heats 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heats 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heats 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 4
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Heat 1 5
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 7
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 9
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 10
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2012-08-31 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2012-09-05 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2012-09-05 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final Round 2012-09-06 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 2012-09-06 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2012-09-08 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2013-08-15 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2013-08-15 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2013-08-16 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2015-07-13 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2015-07-14 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2015-07-15 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2015-07-16 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 1 2015-07-16 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 2 2015-07-19 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final 1 2015-07-19 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2016-09-08 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
Men's 200 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2016-09-13 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final Round 2016-09-17 2