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Elena Krawzow

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist
Languages
English, German, Russian
Higher education
Physiotherapy -

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2009 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Why this sport?
She was invited to join a training session at a club in Nuremberg, Germany.
Club / Team
Berliner Schwimmteam: Germany
Name of coach
Ute Schinkitz [national]; Phillip Semechin

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Hobbies
Dancing, listening to music, going out with friends, audio books. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2018)
Injuries
In June 2020 she underwent surgery due to instability in her left shoulder. She was back in the pool in July 2020. (Instagram profile, 22 Jun 2020; abendzeitung-muenchen.de, 30 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You need to work hard, nobody else will do it for you." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She won the Berlin Athlete of the Year award at the Berlin Champions 2019 Gala in Germany. (tagesspiegel.de, 14 Dec 2019)

She was named the 2013 Youth Athlete of the Year by the Deutsche Sporthilfe foundation in Germany. (sporthilfe.de, 25 May 2015)

She was named the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year in Nuremberg, Germany. (newsmax.de, 28 Jan 2014)

In 2012 she was named the Female Para Athlete of the Year by German sports association BVS Bayern. (bvs-bayern.com, 15 Dec 2013)

She was named the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year at the TSV Alfenfurt club in Germany. (tsvaltenfurt.de, 01 Aug 2014)

In November 2012 she received the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt [Silver Laurel Leaf] in recognition of the silver medal she won at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (bundespraesident.de, 07 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (rbb24.de, 14 Apr 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age seven, and retains around 7% vision. (morgenpost.de, 11 Jun 2016)
Other information
RIO DISAPPOINTMENT
She was disappointed with her performance in the SB13 100m breaststroke final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in which she finished fifth. She said that as a result, she struggled for motivation after the Games, and that she began to focus more on the mental side of the sport. "At that time [the 2016 Games] the pressure was incredible for me, and I just couldn't deliver my performance. That was a big defeat for me at that moment, and it also took me a long time to deal with it, to find my motivation again. It felt like everything was going down the drain. I had never learned to lose before. It took me a whole season after that to figure out for myself what I actually want and how I should go on. However, I have now also learned through mental training to deal better with these expectations." (abendzeitung-muenchen.de, 30 Oct 2020)

PLAYBOY COVER
In September 2020 she became the first Paralympian to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine, when she featured in the German edition of the publication. "I couldn't turn down this opportunity. With the shoot, I want to set an example for more tolerance in society, so that people with a disability can create anything and not hide, even if you are not like most people, because not every disability is seen at first glance. Diversity is part of society and tolerance helps us all. The interest was really amazing. It has been reported around the world. I've had so much positive feedback. Women and men who thanked me because I showed that you don't have to be perfect to be satisfied with yourself. I come from a conservative family, so of course it was a shock for them. I talked to my mother about it three days before it came out. She was behind me, she thought it was a great statement from me to be the first Paralympic athlete on the cover of Playboy. But my father had to swallow. It was also hard for my relatives in Kazakhstan, they didn't understand why I did it." (abendzeitung-muenchen.de, 30 Oct 2020; Instagram profile, 09 Sep 2020; insidethegames.biz, 24 Sep 2020)

FROM KAZAKHSTAN TO GERMANY
Born in Kazakhstan, she moved to Germany at age 12 with her family. (bvs-bayern.com, 15 Dec 2013; YouTube, 23 Jan 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2012-09-01 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2012-09-01 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2012-09-02 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2012-09-07 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2012-09-08 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2012-09-08 2
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2013-08-12 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2013-08-13 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2013-08-15 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-15 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2013-08-18 5
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 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 1 2016-09-11 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-14 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-16 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final 1 2017-12-02 4