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Justin Zook

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Miami, FL, USA
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Management - Florida Atlantic University [FAU]: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as an alternative to daily physical therapy.
Club / Team
Pompano Piranhas: United States
Name of coach
Jesse Vassallo [club]; Queenie Nichols [national]
Coach from which country?
United States

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Hobbies
Golf, basketball, video games, spending time with friends. (US Paralympics, 14 Aug 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his third consecutive Paralympic 100m backstroke title at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and then sharing the moment with his parents. (lifetimefitness.mylt.com, 11 Oct 2012)
Injuries
He competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London with an injured shoulder. (lifetimefitness.mylt.com, 11 Oct 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He carries a picture of his family with him to the starting blocks. (teamusa.org, 18 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always wanting to improve is what life is all about. Whether school or athletics, never being satisfied with mediocrity and being willing to readjust goals after new successes or setbacks is what can help make everyone a winner." (wondereffect.com, 16 Mar 2013)
Awards and honours
While at high school, he won Minnesota All-State honours. (US Paralympics, 11 Mar 2010)
Impairment
He was born prematurely with a club foot and a leg which did not grow. He has had more than 30 operations on the limb. (sun-sentinel.com, 10 Nov 2013; Springfield College Pride, 15 Sep 2008)
Other information
SPOKESPERSON
He is a spokesperson for the Mac Crutchfield Foundation, which funds college swim scholarships and Special Olympics swim meets. (lifetimefitness.mylt.com, 11 Oct 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 9999
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 8
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heats 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 8
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 11
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heats 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 3
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 4
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Heat 2 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Christchurch 1998 (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 10
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 16
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle Open Final Round 6
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle Open Heats 7
Men's 1500 m Freestyle Open Final Round 9
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heats 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heats 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 4
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-08-31 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2012-08-31 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 3 2012-09-06 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 3
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2013-08-12 11
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 2013-08-17 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-18 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 6