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Denise Grahl

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Leg length difference
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Rostock, GER
Occupation
Health Care Professional
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at school in Schwein, Germany.
Why this sport?
"Teachers told me that I was a talented swimmer."
Club / Team
SC Empor Rostock: Germany
Name of coach
Maik Michalski [club]; Ute Schinkitz [national], GER

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, running, going to concerts, painting, spending time with her dog. (Instagram profile, 18 Aug 2021, 12 Mar 2021; Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S7 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
German swimmer Britta Steffen. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She was unable to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo due to an illness. (sportbuzzer.de, 19 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Female Para Athlete of the Year in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. (sportbuzzer.de, 01 Feb 2020)

She was named the 2018 Young Para Athlete of the Year by the German Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 26 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (sportbuzzer.de,19 Aug 2021)
Impairment
She was born with Schmid metaphyseal chondrodysplasia, a condition that causes shortening of the limbs. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018; abteilung-schwimmen.de, 05 Aug 2013)
Other information
NEW CLUB AND COACH
In October 2020 she switched clubs from Hanse SV Rostock to SC Empor Rostock. The move involved a change of coach from Andre Wilde, who she had worked with for five years, to Maik Michalski. "It [working with Wilde] didn't go well. I don't want to talk about the reasons. It didn't fit anymore." (sportbuzzer.de, 19 Aug 2021, 25 Nov 2020)

OCCUPATION
She works for a care and nursing service provider in Rostock, Germany. (Facebook profile, 05 Nov 2021; teamdeutschland-paralympics.de, 21 Aug 2020; Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)

ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADOR
She comes from the seaside town of Rostock, Germany, and in 2019 became an ambassador for 'Re-Athlete', a German company that sells swimwear made from recycled fishing nets and other plastic ocean waste. "As a Re-Athlete [ambassador], I would like to alert the public to preventing further pollution of the oceans." (re-athlete.de, 06 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2015-07-13 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2015-07-17 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2015-07-19 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2016-09-08 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2016-09-08 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2016-09-09 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2016-09-12 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2016-09-16 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-16 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2017-12-02 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2017-12-04 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 2017-12-05 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final 1 2017-12-05 2