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Elizabeth Smith

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Austin, TX, USA
Occupation
Coach, Graphical Design, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Computing - DeVry University: Austin, TX, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She joined her first swim team at age seven in Muncie, IN, United States of America. She took up Para sport at age 11.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to try the sport after watching a television show about US Para swimmer Jessica Long. However, she did not initially enjoy the sport. "Fifteen minutes into my first practice, I quit. The following season my parents bribed me with pizza to give it another shot. I've been swimming ever since."
Club / Team
Western Hills Athletic Club: Austin, TX, USA
Name of coach
Ian Crocker [personal], USA, from 2018

General interest

Nicknames
Lizzi (Twitter profile, 20 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para swimmer Sarai Gascon Moreno. (teamusa.org, 08 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We all have these things we're insecure about. Mine is my arm. I'm learning as I'm getting older to, instead of isolating myself and shying away from these conversations, ask each other questions. Share our stories. Life is a lot more fun when we know each other." (statesman.com, 18 Sep 2019)
Impairment
She was born without her left forearm due to amniotic band syndrome. (indystar.com, 04 Apr 2019; thestarpress.com, 01 Aug 2013)
Other information
NATIONWIDE TRIP
After competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she took a six-month trip through the United States of America, visiting 48 states and covering more than 50,000km. She stayed with friends or slept in her car in parking lots, and did babysitting jobs to help fund her travels. It was through the trip that she decided to settle in Austin, Texas, in 2018. "There are a lot of circumstances that just don't go how you planned. Thousands of miles from anywhere, you can't shut down. You have to figure out a way to keep going and be fine. I fell in love [with Austin]. What's cool about Austin is you're allowed and encouraged to be yourself, which is probably going to be weird. Sometimes I receive a little backlash where people will be like, 'Why?' The culture in Austin is not to do that. If people see you do something differently, they ask questions. You're encouraged, and when you're encouraged, you thrive." (statesman.com, 18 Sep 2019; indystar.com, 04 Apr 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is a swimming coach at the Western Hills Athletic Club in Austin, TX, United States of America. She also works as a freelance graphic designer, and has created cap designs for a swimming equipment company. (Austin American-Statesman YouTube channel, 17 Sep 2019; indystar.com, 04 Apr 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-12 11
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2013-08-13 10
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2013-08-17 7
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2013-08-17 8
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 9999
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2013-08-18 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2015-07-13 4
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-14 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-14 7
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-16 12
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2015-07-17 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2015-07-17 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2016-09-11 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-13 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 3 2016-09-15 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 3 2016-09-16 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2016-09-16 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-16 3