Sophia's Herzog: Paralympic Swimmer
Hi, 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 now a 2016 Paralympic Silver medalist in the sb6 100m breaststroke. My sport is swimming, and my specialty stroke is breast-stroke.
I came from a town of 500 people, 20 kids in my graduating class; I also graduated a year early, to move to the Olympic Training Center where I currently reside. My hometown is Fairplay, Colorado (yes, the show South Park was based on my town). I have a horse named Reese’s, and I compete with her.
I stand fully grown at four feet tall, an only child to two average stature loving parents. I was a member of the 2015 para pan/am team where I secured three silver and one bronze. I have been on the national team a little over a year now, and have set my sights on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. I am currently taking online college courses with DeVry. In my free time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs ,I work as a USOC tour guide. I also enjoy painting.