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Erin Popovich

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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7

Further personal information

Residence
Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise and Health Science - Colorado State University: Fort Collins, CO, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competitive swimming at the age of 12.
Why this sport?
Her height was less of a disadvantage in swimming than it was in the other sports she tried at school.
Name of coach
Dave Denniston [national]
Training Regime
She spends around four hours a day in the pool or weight room, six days a week.

General interest

Nicknames
Po, E, E-Po. (usaswimming.org, 15 Aug 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Her seven gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Athens, 2004. "Athens, I don't think I can say enough about it," she said. "Never in a million years did I imagine that would happen." (Great Falls Tribune, 03 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
She was named Swimming World Magazine's 2005 Swimmer of the Year with a Disability. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)

She was named Individual Sportswoman of the Year for 2005 by the Women's Sports Foundation. (US Paralympics, 05 May 2010)

She won the 2005 ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)

In 2004 she won the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month Award twice, in April and September. (US Paralympics, 05 Mar 2010)

Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia [dwarfism], causing her to have shortened arms and legs. (colstate.edu, 05 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 1
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 2 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heats 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heats 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heats 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heats 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heats 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 1
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 1
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 1
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 2 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 3
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heats 1
Women's 4x50 m Medley Open Final Round 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heats 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heats 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heats 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 3
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle Open Final Round 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 2 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m Medley SM6 Heat 1 1
Women's 200 m Medley SM6 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 1
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 2
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heats 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heats 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heats 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heats 1