Trischa Zorn

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Trischa Zorn
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Trischa Zorn at the London Summer Paralympic Games in 2012, where she presented a gold medal
Personal information
Full name Trischa Zorn Hudson
Nationality  United States

Trischa Zorn (born June 1, 1964 in Orange, California)[1] is a United States swimmer. Blind from birth, she competes in Paralympic swimming (S12, SB12 and SM12 disability categories).[1] She is the most successful athlete in the history of the Paralympic Games, having won 55 medals (41 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze),[2] and was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame in 2012.[3] She took the Paralympic Oath for athletes at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta.[4]

Biography[edit]

Trischa Zorn being interviewed by Wikinews

Zorn studied at the University of Nebraska, and, as of 2001, "teaches third and fourth graders with special needs in Indianapolis".[1]

She competed in the 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games.[1][5] In the 1996 Games in Atlanta, she won more medals than any other athlete: two gold, three silver and three bronze. She had also topped the individual medal table at the 1992 Games in Barcelona,[1] with ten gold medals and two silver.[6] She had won seven gold medals during her first Games in 1980.[7]

Following the Athens Games in 2004, she had won 52 medals at the Paralympic Games, more than any other athlete, of any nationality. Of those, 37 were gold medals, 10 were silver and 5 were bronze.[2][8][9] After the Sydney Games in 2000, she also held eight world records in her disability category (50 m backstroke, 100 m backstroke, 200 m backstroke, 200 m individual medley, 400 m individual medley, 200 m breaststroke, 4×50 m medley relay, 4×50 m free relay).[10]

On 1 January 2005, Zorn was one of eight athletes honoured during New Year celebrations in Times Square in New York. The other seven were Ian Thorpe of Australia, Nadia Comăneci of Romania, George Weah of Liberia, Françoise Mbango Etone of Cameroon, Gao Min of China, Félix Sánchez of the Dominican Republic and Bart Conner of the United States. The eight athletes were "centre stage during the festivities in the countdown leading up to ringing in the New Year".[2] In 2012, she was inducted into the International Paralympian Hall of Fame.[11]

Paralympic medals[edit]

The medals without relay races from 1980 Summer Paralympics to 1988 Summer Paralympics, are 46 (32, 9, 5) for IPC.[12] The relay team of United States, in the category of Zorn, won 5 gold and 1 silver in these three Paralympics. The question marks in the infobox refer however to 9 gold medals (not 5 gold and 1 silver medal), this is to confirm the total number of 55 (of which 41 gold), reported in many websites including that of the official IPC in another of his article.[7]

Paralympics Individual Team[13] Total
Gold medal-2008PG.svg Silver medal-2008PG.svg Bronze medal-2008PG.svg Gold medal-2008PG.svg Silver medal-2008PG.svg Bronze medal-2008PG.svg Gold medal-2008PG.svg Silver medal-2008PG.svg Bronze medal-2008PG.svg
1980 Arnhem 5 0 0 2 0 0 7 0 0
1984 New York 5 0 0 1 1 0 6 1 0
1988 Seoul 10 0 0 2 0 0 12 0 0
1992 Barcelona 8 2 0 2 0 0 10 2 0
1996 Atlanta 2 2 2 0 1 1 2 3 3
2000 Sydney 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
2004 Athens 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 30 8 4 7 2 1 37 10 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Trischa Zorn's biography". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Times Square Honors Athletes". sports-paralympic.netempire.de. 1 January 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Reid, Hannah. "Paralympic Hall of Famers". Around the Rings. 
  4. ^ Speakers of the Athletes' Oath, International Paralympic Committee
  5. ^ "China shine in Paralympic swimming", People's Daily, September 26, 2004
  6. ^ "Paralympic Summer Games -- Barcelona 1992", official website of the 2008 Beijing Paralympics
  7. ^ a b "Trischa Zorn Wins Fifth Gold", The New York Times, June 23, 1984
  8. ^ "Great Paralympians Past and Present", About Olympics
  9. ^ "American Trischa Zorn Most Decorated Paralympian of All-Time With 55th Medal", Swimming World Magazine, September 27, 2004.
  10. ^ "TRISCHA ZORN", International Blind Sport Federation
  11. ^ "IPC Announces Visa Paralympic Hall of Fame Inductees". Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Multi-Medallists". paralympic.org. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ This medal (since 1988), is not counted in the profile of the athlete to the IPC website, because the Paralympics until 1988, in some cases, are not considered members of the relay.

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