I was born with a form of dwarfism (Achondroplasia)
My name is Sophie Herzog. When I was born I was diagnosed with a form of dwarfism known as Achondroplasia. I was 1 in 26,000. I am a 2016 Paralympic Silver medalist in swimming in the sb6 100m breast stroke, and placed sixth in the 200 Individual Medley. I'm the current reigning World Champion in the 100m breaststroke.
2020 Paralympic Games
My hometown is South Park, Colorado. I was the first kid to go through my school with a physical disability. With a 500 population sadly there was no access to a swim team let alone a swimming pool; so I graduated high school a year early and moved to the Olympic Training Center in 2014 and still currently reside here.
I’m a two-time National Team member, training in preparation for the 2020 Paralympic Games. I learned to swim at age three, joined my first club team at twelve, and became a medalist on the national team at nineteen. I am currently taking online college courses with DeVry. In my free time here at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I work as a USOC tour guide. I enjoy painting, finding new coffee shops, and public speaking. I am also a member of the 2017-2018 Classroom Champions mentor program, and part of the Women's Sport Foundation.