Meet Erin Popovich, an American swimmer who has won three gold medals in the on-going Beijing Paralympic games. See photos, video and a biography of Erin Popovich here.
Popovich won her third gold setting a world record in the women’s 100m breaststroke. Her other medals came in the women’s 100m freestyle and women’s 200 IM, in which she set another world record.
“I had no idea how fast I was swimming” Popovich said. It’s a tough competition, and I just had to get out fast and keep it strong.”
As a biography, Erin Popovich was born on June 29, 1985 in Silverbow, Montana so her age is 23. She suffered from achondroplasia right from the birth and had restricted bone growth, due to which she could only manage a height of four and a half feet with very short legs.
Erin started out in the international arena in 1998 and broke four world records in the next Paralympic games in Sydney, two years later. She was later named as the ‘Female Athlete of the Month’ in April and September by the US Olympic Committee.
Popovich won a record breaking seven gold medals in the 2004 Paralympics.
Among other awards, she won the ESPY Award for ‘Best Female Athlete with a Disability’ and ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2005.
Update: Erin won her fourth gold in the women’s 400m freestyle S7 and is a favourite for two more. We’ll keep you updated.
More photos and a video of Erin Popovich are below.