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Chase
Kalisz
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 March 1994
Height
194 cm
Weight
86 kg
Residence
Athens, GA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Business, Sports Marketing - University of Georgia: Athens, GA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
He used to be enticed into the swimming pool by having money thrown into the water and he would jump in and chase the coins. "I bet I'd leave with more than a dollar some days. That's what kept me staying for swim practice."
Name of coach
Jack Bauerle [personal]

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (redandblack.com, 21 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father, coaches Bob Bowman and Scott Armstrong. (usaswimming.org, 24 Oct 2014; pressboxonline.com, 14 May 2012)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. (fina.org, 27 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always maintain your composure and always respect your competition." (pressboxonline.com, 14 May 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named in the 2014 All-Southeastern Conference [SEC] first team in the United States of America. (georgiadogs.com, 2015)

He was named the 2013 Breakout Performer of the Year by USA Swimming. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 25 Nov 2013)

In 2013 he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. He was also named in the All-SEC first team and the SEC All-Freshman team. (georgiadogs.com, 2015)
Famous relatives
His older sister Courtney competed in swimming at national and university level in the United States of America. (pressboxonline.com, 14 May 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (12news.com, 09 Aug 2016)
Other information
COLLEGE FIRST
He became the first male swimmer from the University of Georgia in the United States of America to win a medal at an Olympic Games when he claimed silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (redandblack.com, 21 Jul 2017)

MEDICAL CONDITION
At age eight he had to crawl down the hall of the family home to tell his parents he could barely move his arms or legs. They initially thought he was feeling the effects of a 5km race he had competed in the day before. However his condition deteriorated and he was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. He was semi-paralysed, but after therapy and rehabilitation he was able to swim six months later and went on to make a full recovery. (pressboxonline.com, 14 May 2012)