GRISWOLD Robert

27 Nov 1996
24
Male
S8,SM8
HICKORY, NC
 
United States of America
ST. LOUIS, MO
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Records

Record Event Mark Date Location
WR Men's 100m Backstroke - S8 Final 1:02.55 27 August, 2021 Tokyo (JPN)
PR Men's 100m Backstroke - S8 Final 1:02.55 27 August, 2021 Tokyo (JPN)

Schedule

Change
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Tokyo Aquatics Centre
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Biographical Information

Highlights

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RankEventYearLocationResult
Paralympic Games
3100m Backstroke - S82016Rio de Janeiro, BRA1:04.68
4200m Individual Medley - SM82016Rio de Janeiro, BRA2:26.99
5400m Freestyle - S82016Rio de Janeiro, BRA4:36.26
64x100m Freestyle Relay - 34 Points2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA4:11.00
64x100m Medley Relay - 34 Points2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA4:25.50
World Championships
1100m Backstroke - S82019London, GBR1:03.47
1200m Individual Medley - SM82019London, GBR2:22.72
1100m Backstroke - S82017Mexico City, MEX1:04.17
2400m Freestyle - S82019London, GBR4:32.77
2100m Butterfly - S82019London, GBR1:02.81
2400m Freestyle - S82017Mexico City, MEX4:41.40
2200m Individual Medley - SM82017Mexico City, MEX2:30.44
34x100m Medley Relay - 34 Points2017Mexico City, MEX4:55.79
3400m Freestyle - S82015Glasgow, GBR4:36.26
44x100m Freestyle Relay - 34 Points2017Mexico City, MEX4:28.64
4100m Backstroke - S82015Glasgow, GBR1:06.42
4100m Butterfly - S82015Glasgow, GBR1:04.38
4200m Individual Medley - SM82015Glasgow, GBR2:27.60
5100m Butterfly - S82017Mexico City, MEX1:04.53
54x50m Freestyle Relay - 20 Points2017Mexico City, MEX3:13.75
64x100m Medley Relay - 34 Points2015Glasgow, GBR4:32.10
74x100m Freestyle Relay - 34 Points2015Glasgow, GBR4:14.95
1050m Freestyle - S82015Glasgow, GBR28.95
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Reading, camping, travelling, history. (teamusa.org, 15 Sep 2019)
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Athlete, Clerk
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Communications - Fresno Pacific University, United States
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English
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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)
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2014 for United States (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
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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)
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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. (teamusa.org, 04 Apr 2019; Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
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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." (cneagles.com, 12 Nov 2016; teamusa.org, 18 Oct 2013)
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To win medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (kaatsublog.com, 24 Feb 2021)
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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. (kaatsublog.com, 24 Feb 2021)
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Winning bronze in the S8 100m backstroke at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
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US swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
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His mother. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
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"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)
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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)

General Interest

Classification
S8, SB7, SM8 (IPC, 23 Mar 2021)

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)

Origin of Impairment
Congenital (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)

Impairment Details
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)

General
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)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
PR:
Paralympic Record
WR:
World Record
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