Savannah Larson

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Biopsychology, Nursing - Morningside College. : United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively in 2001.
Why this sport?
She grew up swimming but did not consider competing at the highest level until the end of high school. "Not until one of my club coaches pushed me forward, and I thought 'wow, this could actually be something'. Every kid dreams of going to the Olympics and being Michael Phelps."
Club / Team
Mustang Swim Team: United States

General interest

Hobbies
Playing the violin, guitar and piano. (Facebook profile, 30 Sep 2012)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Ryan Lochte. (Facebook profile, 29 Dec 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't really look at it as how hard I have to work. Swimming is a sport, especially with distance freestyle, where I know I have to work hard." (ktiv.com, 01 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (siouxlandmatters.com, 16 Feb 2015)
Impairment
She was born with club feet and no hip sockets. "I've had a lot of surgeries to try and correct those problems. I still don't get around as well as most other people, but I still consider myself normal." (siouxlandmatters.com, 16 Feb 2015 )
Other information
EDUCATION COMES FIRST
Despite her ambition to compete at the Paralympic Games, she wants her university education to come first. "I'd like to put school first because if I did go to Rio [2016 Paralympic Games], I'd have to take about a year off from school, which would be a lot. So my goal is to emerge at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo." (siouxlandmatters.com, 16 Feb 2015)