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Naomi Maike Schnittger

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired, Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Potsdam, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Psychology - University of Potsdam: Germany

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six in Bielefeld, Germany.
Why this sport?
Her parents were swimmers and she always wanted to learn how to swim.
Club / Team
SC Potsdam [GER] / TG Ennigloh [GER]:
Name of coach
Christian Schnittger [father], GER; Jorg Hoffmann [SC Potsdam], GER
Training Regime
She trains for around 30 hours each week, including 10 to 12 sessions in the pool, and seven to 10 strength and fitness sessions.

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Germany
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
Maikeson [she is called that by her best friend]. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S12 50m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Injuries
In October 2015 she injured the cruciate ligament in her knee. She was also diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis in her calf muscle, with doctors initially telling her she would be unable to compete for three months. However, she made her return a month early at a meet in Berlin, Germany. (maike-schnittger.de, 19 Feb 2017)

In 2013 she was out for several months due to injuries and illness. (fdst.de, 27 Apr 2014)

In August 2012 she had surgery to remove her appendix but was able to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (unicum.de, 12 Nov 2012; nw.de, 30 Aug 2012)

She ruptured a ligament in her knee in 2008 and had a meniscus injury in 2010. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)

She broke her arm in 2008 and missed the German National Championships. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before the start she sponges herself. The amount of times she does this is determined by her age at the time. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always approach life with a big smile." (Facebook profile, 26 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
She received the 2014 Special Award at the Sports Gala in Bunde, Germany. (hsg-spradow.de, 03 Mar 2015)

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 she was named Female Athlete of the Year of Bunde in Germany. (koch-buende.de, 15 Mar 2011)

She was named Best Young Swimmer of Germany in 2008 and 2010. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2010)
Famous relatives
Her father Rainer Schnittger has coached swimming at the TG Ennigloh club in Germany. (Facebook page, 02 May 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 20 Mar 2018)
Impairment
In November 2004, at age 10, she was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy [CRD]. The condition causes the retina to deteriorate, and she has about one percent sight as a result. (maike-schnittger.de, 19 Feb 2017; Athlete, 13 Jul 2010)
Other information
FROM TOKYO TO GERMANY
She was born in Japan, where her parents were working as teachers at a German school. The family returned to Germany in 1996. She believes the Japanese connection in her past gives her extra incentive to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games. "They will be like a home Games for me." (maz-online.de, 17 Jan 2017, 17 Apr 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2012-08-30 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-08-30 7
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2012-09-02 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-04 9999
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-07 9999
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2013-08-12 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 1 2013-08-13 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final 1 2013-08-13 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2013-08-15 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2013-08-15 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2015-07-16 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-16 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-18 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-18 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2015-07-18 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2015-07-18 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2015-07-19 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 3 2016-09-08 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-12 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-16 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-16 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2016-09-17 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2017-12-05 1