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Ian Silverman

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Residence
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Film - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-swimming at age seven in Baltimore, MD, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He became friends with a swim coach at a local YMCA, who would lower him in the pool and got him hooked on the sport.
Club / Team
University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Name of coach
Dave Salo [club]; Erik Posegay [personal], from 2012
Training Regime
He swims at least 60km a week.

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends, going to the cinema. (teamusa.org, 30 Dec 2013)
Injuries
In June 2015 he underwent reconstruction surgery on his left foot. He returned to full training in November 2015. (espn.go.com, 15 Jul 2015; Facebook profile, 15 Jul 2015; Twitter profile, 03 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
He won USA Swimming's 2013 Trischa L. Zorn Award, given annually to the best performance by a swimmer with an impairment. (washingtonpost.com, 15 Sep 2013)

He was voted the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for April 2013. (paralympic.org, 15 May 2013)

He was named Maryland Swimmer of the Year in 2010 and 2011. (berecruited.com, 2012)
Other sports
He has competed in national able-bodied swimming events. (swimswam.com, 09 Oct 2013)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy as a result of brain injury while in utero. He has undergone muscle lengthening surgery on his lower limbs, as well as serial casting and Botox injections. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 23 Jul 2015; teamusa.org, 22 Aug 2012)
Other information
RECLASSIFICATION
In April 2015 he was informed that he would no longer be able to compete under the S10 classification, following re-examination of his impairment by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] after his 18th birthday. He was first classified in 2012 as an S10 swimmer, which is considered to be the class with the least-impaired athletes. With no other class below S10, he will no longer be able to compete in most of his preferred events. He was told he could continue to compete in breaststroke, for which he is classified SB9. He and US Paralympics appealed the reclassification, but a second panel of IPC classifiers upheld the decision, saying his impairment no longer impacted him enough in the water for S10 classification. He was able to continue SB9 classification for breaststroke because asymmetry in his legs prevents him from kicking properly. "I just keep thinking that my name will always have an asterisk. I mean how can you have a guy with world records and gold medals and then not have him compete? It hurts me a lot." (espn.go.com, 15 Jul 2015)

PERSONAL LOSS
He dedicated the gold medal he won at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London to Alec Cosgerea, a friend who died in a car accident in July 2012. (baltimoresun.com, 12 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2012-08-30 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2012-08-30 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-08-31 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-08-31 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2012-09-01 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2012-09-01 8
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-02 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2012-09-05 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-05 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2012-09-06 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-06 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-12 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-12 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2013-08-13 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2013-08-16 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2013-08-16 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 6