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

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 March 1994
Height
194 cm
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 five.
Why this sport?
His older sister had already started swimming. 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."
Club / Team
Athens Bulldog Swim Club: United States
Name of coach
Jack Bauerle

General Interest

Hobbies
Going to college football games, barbecuing. (teamusa.org, 01 Oct 2016; swimoutlet.com, 21 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 400m individual medley at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (redandblack.com, 21 Jul 2017)
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
In 2014 while swimming for University of Georgia he was named in the 2014 All-Southeastern Conference [SEC] First Team. In 2013 he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, and was also named in the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Freshman team. (georgiadogs.com, 2015)

He was named the 2013 Breakout Performer of the Year by USA Swimming. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 25 Nov 2013)
Famous relatives
His older sister Courtney competed in swimming at national and university level in the United States of America. His younger brother Connor and younger sister Cassidy have both competed in swimming at state level. (pressboxonline.com, 14 May 2012; digitaledition.chicagotribune.com, 01 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (12news.com, 09 Aug 2016)
Other information
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)

GETTING INTO INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
He began to focus on the individual medley through training with Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps. "It was more so that it was my best event. I come from a training programme in North Baltimore with Bob [Bowman] and Michael [Phelps], where pretty much every single set was an IM-based training. I eventually just got good enough at that where it just made so much sense to me and that's how it became my best event." (swimoutlet.com, 21 Mar 2019)