Kali Garman

Athletics | Swimming


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

United States
Athlete, Coach, Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in late 2015, after recovering from her injury. Prior to the amputation of her leg, she swam for her high school and local YMCA group in Algona, IA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She was determined to return to swimming after her accident. "It's just you and your thoughts, and it's kind of therapeutic sometimes just to get in the water and be by yourself. I think that's just how I handle a lot of my problems."
Club / Team
Algona Area Swim Team: United States

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"The water is the one place where you can be alone, just you and the water. It's a good place to come and think." (globegazette.com, 20 Dec 2015)
In June 2015 she was riding a dirt bike on a farm when the throttle became stuck and she lost control. She drove through a ditch and out onto a road, where she collided with a car. She was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a serious injury to her right leg, which had to be amputated below the knee. (kcci.com, 29 Sep 2015; ask4direct.com, 19 Jun 2015)
Other information
Prior to her accident she was involved in swimming as well as athletics at high school. While she was able to return to swimming six months after her accident, it wasn't until 2017 that she was able to start running at school again. She received a special running 'blade' that was donated by the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Minneapolis. "Running [with the prosthetic] does hurt, but it's OK. I can tolerate it. Competing again has definitely been a big part in my healing process, and I'm just thankful for where I'm at. The joy of being able to be normal and run, for me, is way greater than any pain I would ever feel." (kcci.com, 24 Apr 2017)