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Sophia Herzog

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Family
Partner Nick
Residence
Salida, CO, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Marketing
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Communications - DeVry University: Downers Grove, IL, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively at age 12 at the Jimi Flowers Swim Meet in the United States of America.
Why this sport?
"It kept me active and was not hard on my body."
Name of coach
Wendy Gorie [personal], from 2019
Training Regime
She has nine sessions in the water each week at Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center in Colorado, United States of America, and goes to the gym three times a week. She also practises yoga to maintain her fitness.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States
Location
United States

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with her dog, drinking coffee, fly fishing. (Instagram profile, 22 Apr 2022, 09 Oct 2020, 26 Sep 2020; Twitter profile, 26 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SB6 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 18 Apr 2017; denverpost.com, 15 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer Erin Popovich. (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Injuries
She had surgery on a benign cyst and a tissue ridge in her right knee in April 2018 and was unable to swim for 10 days. She required a second operation on her knee in September 2018. (teamusa.org, 11 Dec 2018, 08 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Tiny but mighty." (Athlete, 07 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was named Colorado State Swimmer of the Year with a Disability in the United States of America. (stanton.company.com, 01 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her partner Nick Gibb has represented the United States of America in Para cycling, including at the 2018 Track World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Instagram profile, 08 Sep 2020; Nick Gibb Instagram profile, 26 Apr 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 02 Mar 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (Instagram profile, 14 Apr 2022)
Impairment
She has achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Team USA YouTube channel, 17 Nov 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
In early 2020 she moved to Salida, CO, United States of America, to settle in preparation for retirement after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She spent time away from the sport after competing in Tokyo before returning to competition in April 2022 at the World Series event in Indianapolis, IN, United States of America. "After Tokyo I took a very long break and spent some well-deserved time with my dog and Nick [partner]. I recently took a great job as an account executive and marketing specialist which has been quite exciting. I also have started training again. I'm grateful to represent my country again in the world stage." (Instagram profile, 10 Mar 2022, 14 Apr 2022)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She works as an account executive and marketing specialist with Heart of the Rockies Radio in Salida, CO, United States of America. She also works as an assistant swimming coach at Salida High School in Colorado, United States of America. (Instagram profile, 10 Mar 2022; themountainmail.com, 21 Dec 2021)

COVID-19 IMPACT
During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 she swam in the Arkansas River in Colorado, United States of America, while pools were closed. "I'm an elite swimmer and this is out of my comfort zone by a long shot. I'll sit here for 20 minutes waiting for the dogs and kayakers and everybody to clear out. I'm kind of the low-man on the totem pole when it comes to claiming river space. A huge part of swimming is having a feel for the water and you can lose that in a day. Remember learning to ride a bike? Then, at some point, it's not awkward and it's just intuitive. That's kind of like the feel for water. It's definitely hard to stay motivated. This is all on me, you know. My coach is not sitting out at the pool waiting for me. I'm the one who needs to get on my bike or come down here to swim. My boyfriend has really been motivating me reminding me that this is the time when champions are made, which I totally believe." (coloradosun.com, 22 May 2020)

EARLY DAYS
She initially hoped to pursue alpine skiing, but she needed knee surgery before graduating high school and decided to switch to swimming. "The transition was really easy. I grew up in an athletic family, so I was doing sports of all sorts. I learned how to swim when I was really young, so then I just started training." (heartoftherockiesradio.com, 10 Feb 2020; themountainmail.com, 03 Feb 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 1 2016-09-09 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-10 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final Round 2016-09-12 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2016-09-12 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2016-09-13 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2016-09-15 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2016-09-17 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 3
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2017-12-07 2
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-07 5