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Susana Ribeiro

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Classification
S4, SB5, SM4

Further personal information

Family
Sons Kaipo and Kaillani, daughter Maila
Residence
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul: Porto Alegre, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up competitive Para swimming in December 2010.
Why this sport?
She was involved in able-bodied swimming and triathlon before she was diagnosed with MSA. She began Para swimming as part of her therapy before taking up the sport more seriously.
Club / Team
Gremio Nautico Uniao [GNU]: Porto Alegre, BRA

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the mixed 20 points 4x50m freestyle relay at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Jun 2021; veja.abril.com.br, 20 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her children. (huffpostbrasil.com, 05 Feb 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmer Daniel Dias. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I have a lot of superstitions on the day that I am going to compete. If I wear a swimsuit and I do not perform well, I never want to use it again. Swimming cap and glasses are on that list too. But if I do well, I will use them until they are worn out." (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 22 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is us against ourselves, not just against the clock." (huffpostbrasil.com, 05 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she received the Sou do Esporte [I am from Sport] Award in the Valour Athlete category in Brazil. (nissan.com.br, 01 Jan 2018; globoesporte.globo.com, 07 Dec 2017)

She was named the 2013 Female Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (insidethegames.biz, 11 Dec 2013)
Other sports
She has represented Brazil in able-bodied triathlon and competed at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina. She also won the national championship in Brazil five times from 1993 to 1997. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 19 Set 2020; susanaschnarndorf.com.br, 14 Jun 2020; globoesporte.globo.com, 02 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook profile, 30 Mar 2020)
Impairment
She has multiple system atrophy [MSA], a degenerative condition that gradually limits movement, breathing and other functions of the body. Her symptoms were first diagnosed in 2005. "My body is shutting down. I have to fight against it." (susanaschnarndorf.com.br, 14 Jun 2020; esporte.ig.com.br, 08 Sep 2016)
Other information
CATEGORY CHANGES
She has changed classification multiple times due to her degenerative condition since she started competitive Para swimming in 2010. "As my condition progresses, I change class and adjust but I still feel agony. I don't swim like I swam before so I have to change style, know what I can do, and try swimming another way. It's a daily challenge." (huffpostbrasil.com, 05 Feb 2019)

INSPIRATION FROM CHILDREN
Her ex-husband had to start caring for the couple's three children as her condition deteriorated. Her sons, Kaipo and Kaillani, and her daughter Maila remain a source of motivation for her. "They are my greatest strength. Once upon a time I was not doing well and my oldest son said I couldn't give up, that my dream was his dream too and it wasn't mine alone. Also, he said he was watching me on TV [at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London] and I started to cry and he was like, 'Look where you are'. We never know what will happen. I have my good days, but I have my bad days too. I try to look on the bright side." (huffpostbrasil.com, 05 Feb 2019)

LIFE STORY
A documentary about her life called 'One Day for Susana' was released in 2018. Producers Giovanna Giovanini and Rodrigo Boecker filmed her going about her everyday life for three years. In 2016 she also appeared in the documentary 'Paratodos' [For All] alongside six other Brazilian Para athletes. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 19 Oct 2018; Facebook profile, 09 Oct 2018; oglobo.globo.com, 21 Jul 2016; esportes.estadao.com.br, 04 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 2012-08-30 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2012-09-01 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2012-09-01 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2012-09-02 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-03 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-06 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2013-08-12 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2013-08-13 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2013-08-15 9999
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2013-08-18 6
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2013-08-18 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2015-07-13 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2015-07-14 9999
Women's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2015-07-16 19
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Heat 1 2015-07-17 12
Women's 100 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2015-07-19 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 5
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 2016-09-09 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB5 Heat 1 2016-09-11 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-12 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 2016-09-15 3