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Michelle Alonso Morales

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age seven in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
Why this sport?
She was advised to take up swimming by medical staff in order to strengthen the muscles around her spine. "I did not choose swimming but went to the doctor and was told how I had back problems. He encouraged me to swim. I liked swimming a lot. For me it was a way to improve my back but I got the urge to compete and get medals."
Club / Team
CD Midayu Tenerife: Spain
Name of coach
Jose Luis Guadalupe [club], ESP

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Spain
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Little Mermaid, Michi (Twitter profile, 21 Feb 2020; Facebook profile, 08 Dec 2019)
Hobbies
Drawing. (eldia.es, 16 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming gold in the SB14 100m breaststroke at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jose Luis Guadalupe. (deporpress.com, 23 Oct 2019; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Spanish Para swimmer Teresa Perales. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She had tendinitis in her right shoulder in 2019. (laopinion.es, 28 Jan 2019)

She suffered from tendinitis in her shoulder and her hip in 2011. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2012)

She broke both wrists in 2001. The injuries took three months to heal. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Awards and honours
She and Para cyclist and swimmer Ricardo Ten Argiles were named flag bearers for Spain for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dxtadaptado.com, 15 Jun 2021)

In 2018 she was presented with the Sports Values Award by the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation [RFEN]. She also received the Taburiente Award from the Diario de Avisos Foundation in Tenerife, Spain, in 2018. (mundodeportivo.com, 06 Oct 2018)

In 2017 she was named Female Athlete [among both able-bodied and Para athletes] of the Year of Tenerife, Spain. That year, she was also presented with the Gold Medal to the Sport Merit by the council of Tenerife. (rtvc.es, 28 Mar 2018; eldiario.es, 27 Jan 2017)

She was flag bearer for Spain at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (plenainclusion.org, 19 Sep 2016)

In 2013 she received a Royal Order of Sport Merit Award, one of the highest honours given to Spanish athletes. She was also named the 2013 Female Sportsperson of the Year in Tenerife, Spain. (deportestenerife.com, 30 Dec 2014; eldia.es, 01 Aug 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 09 Aug 2020)
Impairment
She was born with an intellectual impairment. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
EYES ON TOKYO
She enjoys Japanese culture and says it has served as extra motivation that the 2020 Paralympic Games will be hosted in the country. "Since it came out that the 2020 Paralympic Games would be in Tokyo, I already really wanted to go. I have been there a number of times, and I always come back with those good vibes, reinforced energy and with a great inner peace. Going there to enjoy it again will be amazing, let alone for the Paralympic Games. Besides, I consider myself a geek of the world of anime and manga. Every time I go to Japan, I buy everything, from figures to memorabilia. I have a room full of manga and anime stuff." She also featured in a documentary for Japanese television ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I felt really good recording it. They took us to the city and were very respectful and friendly, they made us feel like we were family. I love that respect they have for everything. I would like to live in Japan someday." (radiomarcatenerife.com, 10 Feb 2020; deporpress.com, 23 Oct 2019)

SWITCHING CLUBS
In 2018 her coach Jose Luis Guadalupe founded a new swimming club called 'Midayu' in Tenerife, Spain. He named the club after Alonso, as well as her national teammates Dacil Cabrera and Judit Rolo, by combining the first two letters of each of their first names. "I am very excited because we are starting up with the best swimmers and teammates who have been together for a long time. We only need to find people to help us and we will give it a try." (deporpress.com, 18 Oct 2018; diariodeavisos.elespanol.com, 26 Sep 2018)

OTHER ROLES
In June 2020 she was appointed a member of the athletes' council for the Spanish Paralympic Committee. (paralimpicos.es, 29 Jun 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 3 2012-08-31 5
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2012-09-02 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 3 2012-09-06 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2013-08-12 13
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 3 2013-08-16 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2013-08-18 16
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2015-07-13 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2015-07-13 2
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 1 2015-07-15 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2015-07-17 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2015-07-19 8
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Final 1 2015-07-19 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 1 2016-09-08 4
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final Round 2016-09-14 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 2 2016-09-14 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 2 2016-09-17 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final Round 2016-09-17 8
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2017-12-04 4
Women's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S14 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S14 Heat 1 2017-12-07 6