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Theo Curin

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Rehainviller, FRA
Occupation
Actor, Athlete, Media Professional - Television, Model, Motivational Speaker
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2011 in Luneville, France.
Why this sport?
His mother Stephanie wrote a letter to French Para swimmer Philippe Croizon, who had also undergone a quadruple amputation. Croizon visited the family in Rehainviller, France, and encouraged Curin to try swimming. Although he was initially afraid of the water and struggled with technique, he wanted to show Croizon he could do it and persevered until he became better. "I began step by step doing my first 50m and then 100m. Swimming helped me with a lot of things, especially the way people looked at me. I didn't like how people looked at me, but with a swimming suit you reveal yourself. That helped me a lot."
Name of coach
Fabien Maltrait [personal], FRA
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day at the French national training hub in Vichy.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
France

General interest

Hobbies
Acting, writing, motivational speaking. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S5 100m and S5 200m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Fabien Maltrait. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
French Para swimmer Philippe Croizon. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In May 2017 he fractured his right arm after slipping over on a floor at a shopping centre. As a result he missed the French national championships that year. (estrepublicain.fr, 05 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make your difference a strength." (Instagram profile, 12 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
A gym hall has been named after him at a school in Nancy, France. (lci.fr, 22 Jan 2020)
Milestones
At age 16 he was the youngest French athlete from any sport to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2019; le10sport.com, 29 May 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Instagram profile, 08 Oct 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at age six, which resulted in amputations to the lower part of all four limbs. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; midilibre.fr, 27 Nov 2013; republicain-lorrain.fr, 24 Jan 2013)
Other information
TOKYO WITHDRAWAL
In October 2020 he announced he would not consider participating in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo because he believes his S5, SB4 and SM5 classification puts him at a disadvantage to other athletes in the class. "You don't have to be a doctor to understand that a guy with both hands has an advantage over me. I've been training every day, twice a day for the past seven years, and I've never won. I don't feel like I've accomplished anything. I don't want to take part in the Games knowing I can't win a medal because of the inequalities within my classification. I'm a competitive person, and I know I'm going there to finish fourth so I'm not interested. I'm not going to lie, it's a huge disappointment. The International Paralympic Committee announced that they might change the classifications after the Tokyo Games. My goal is to make the podium in Paris 2024, in the hope that the classifications will have evolved by then." (Instagram profile, 08 Oct 2020; francebleu.fr, 08 Oct 2020; tellerreport.com, 08 Oct 2020)

CROIZON'S INFLUENCE
He has developed a close friendship with French Para swimmer Philippe Croizon, who was the first person who has undergone a quadruple amputation to swim across the English Channel. "When I got out of the hospital I had heard there was someone [Croizon] with almost the same impairment as me, who had already done such marvellous things, and I told my mother that I wanted to meet him. And a short time later he came to our home. At the time I was afraid of the water, and when I saw him training to cross the English Channel I told myself, 'Wow, that's amazing. I also want to make my parents proud of me.'" (lepoint.fr, 21 Sep 2019; france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 28 Mar 2016; estrepublicain.fr, 28 Nov 2013)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked in a number of roles in the media, appearing on a television show in France called 'Magazine de la Sante' [Health Magazine], featuring as an actor in a fictional series called 'Vestiaires' [Locker Rooms] and appearing in the web series 'Live My Sport' and 'Harmony Heroes'. In 2019 he was a model in an advertising campaign for a French skin care company. "Yes I am disabled, I am a quadruple amputee, and that's the way it is, it's a fact. But I would prefer if people introduced me by just saying I'm a model or TV columnist." (theocurin.fr, 05 Feb 2020; lepoint.fr, 21 Sep 2019; france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr, 03 Dec 2019; lamontagne.fr, 30 May 2020; masculin.com, 23 Jul 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 13
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-15 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2015-07-15 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-17 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-17 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-08 4
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2016-09-10 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-12 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2016-09-17 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-17 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2017-12-04 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2017-12-05 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2017-12-06 2