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Valerie
Gruest
GuatemalaGuatemala, GUA
Female
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
14 March 1999
Height
170 cm
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Communications, Visual Arts - Northwestern University: Evanston, IL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at an early age and began competing at age four.
Why this sport?
She comes from a family of swimmers.
Club / Team
Northwestern University Wildcats: Evanston, IL, USA
Name of coach
Jeremy Kipp [club]

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (diariodigital.gt, 25 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (soy502.com, 03 Jun 2014)
Injuries
She has undergone surgery to treat an injury in her left shoulder. (cor.org, 17 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always believe in what you do, and stay disciplined to achieve your goals." (carreteranews.com, 14 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named Rookie Athlete of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association of Guatemala. (Acuatica Slowing Facebook page, 26 Jun 2015)
Other sports
She has competed in paddle board surfing at international level. (cdag.com.gt, 06 May 2014)
Famous relatives
Her mother Karin Slowing [1984] and her aunt Melanie Slowing [2004] both competed in swimming for Guatemala at the Olympic Games. (carreteranews.com, 14 Jun 2012; sports-reference.com, 2012)
Other information
COLLEGE MOVE
At the start of the 2016/17 academic year, she relocated to Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, United States of America. (diariodigital.gt, 25 Aug 2016)