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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Madison, WI, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies - University of Iowa REACH: Iowa City, IA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2003 in Madison, WI, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He started swimming for fun in the summer and progressed from there.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
United States
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Edmonton, AB, CAN

General interest

Nicknames
G-man ["I have a very good sense of direction and am very good at figuring out and remembering maps, directions, and public transportation"]. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Hobbies
Train and plane spotting, music, video games, cycling, socialising with friends online. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016; archive.disabledsportsusa.org, 03 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making the US team for backstroke. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career
US Para swimmer Tharon Drake. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Missy Franklin. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016; archive.disabledsportsusa.org, 03 Mar 2016)
Injuries
In 2011 he injured his Achilles tendon while training on the track, and had to wear a special boot for two months. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)

He had a seizure in 2009 and had to stay out of the pool for three months. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I have my favourite suits and caps. I watch backstroke and slam dunk videos before competing." (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone."- US ice hockey coach Herb Brooks. (US Paralympics Swimming Facebook page, 20 May 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Impairment
He has autism. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Other information
CATFISH AND CANNONBALLS
He has enjoyed being in and around water from an early age. "I have always loved water. Once when I was age two, I sat down in a pond full of catfish at a catfish farm. It was disgusting. When I was a freshman on my high school team, I was always first in the water at morning practice and did a cannonball to get everyone wet." (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)