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Robert Griswold

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
St. Louis, MO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Clerk
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - Fresno Pacific University: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six alongside able-bodied children at Orange County YMCA in New Jersey, United States of America. Five years later he discovered Para swimming at a camp at the University of Tennessee.
Why this sport?
He loved the freedom swimming gave him. "From a young age, I knew I was different when I was in the playground. But when I got in the swimming pool, I felt like everyone else. I was just six years old at the time and it was so much fun to be able to compete in a sport, something that I'd never had the opportunity to do before."
Training Regime
He trains eight times per week at a 50m pool near his home in St Louis, MO, United States of America. Before and after each training session he practises kaatsu, an exercise method based on blood flow moderation.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, camping, travelling, history. (teamusa.org, 15 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the S8 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Injuries
In 2019 he underwent surgery after breaking his collarbone in several places from a fall. Within three weeks of surgery he was able to swim again, but one month after returning to full training he broke his hand after swimming into a wall. He was still able to compete at the 2019 World Championships in London, England, five weeks after breaking his hand. (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don’t give up on yourself. Just because you’re at a disadvantage doesn’t mean you should look at yourself that way." (app.com, 04 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was the US flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the world championships in London, England. (LinkedIn profile, 30 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 10 Sep 2019)
Famous relatives
His sister Molly has competed in swimming at collegiate level in the United States of America. (nsusharks.com, 01 Aug 2019; fpuathletics.com, 01 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (kaatsublog.com, 24 Feb 2021)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy, and his knees and hips were dislocated at birth. "My cerebral palsy affects my general coordination, walking, running, jumping. It also affects my hands a little bit and my fine motor skills." (cneagles.com, 12 Nov 2016; teamusa.org, 06 Jul 2015)
Other information
YOUTH SWIMMING VARIETY
He has argued that youth swimmers should be encouraged to compete in a wide range of events and not specialise until later in their development. "When younger swimmers swim longer and more challenging events, it gives them the experience and the confidence to train harder and get faster. Every event requires some sort of aerobic base. This base helps a swimmer finish strongly in any distance. By not specialising at an early age, swimmers are able to build a well-rounded base for every stroke. One of my greatest swimming memories is one day after practice when I came home and told my parents that I was to swim the 500m freestyle at my next meet. After I swam it, I took some of the basic aspects of the race like pacing and maintaining technique into practice, which allowed me to get faster in all of my strokes." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Feb 2021)

FURTHER STUDIES
In 2020 he graduated with a bachelor's degree in public relations and advertising from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, United States of America. (kaatsublog.com, 24 Feb 2021; LinkedIn profile, 11 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S8 Intermediate Time 2015-07-13 9999
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 2 2015-07-13 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2015-07-15 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-18 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2015-07-18 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-19 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-08 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2016-09-13 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Final 1 2017-12-06 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S8 Heat 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2017-12-07 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2017-12-07 2