Béatrice Hess

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Béatrice Hess
Medal record
Representing  France
Swimming (S5)
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York 25 m backstroke C3
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York 25 m freestyle C3
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York 50 m freestyle C3
Gold medal – first place 1984 New York 100 m freestyle C3
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 25 m backstroke L1
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 50 m backstroke S5
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 50 m butterfly S5
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 50 m freestyle S5
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 100 m freestyle S5
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 200 m freestyle S5
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 200 m individual medley SM5
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 50 m backstroke S5
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 50 m butterfly S5
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 50 m freestyle S5
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 100 m freestyle S5
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 200 m freestyle S5
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 200 m individual medley SM6
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney 4×50 m medley relay 20 pts
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 100 m breaststroke SB4
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens 200 m freestyle S5
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 50 m freestyle L1
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta 4×50 m freestyle S1–6
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 50 m backstroke S5
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 50 m freestyle S5
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 100 m freestyle S5

Béatrice Pierre Hess (born 10 November 1961 in Colmar) is a French Paralympic swimmer. The French newspaper L'Humanité has described her as "one of the best swimmers in the world",[1] while the magazine Marianne has described her as "the French Thorpedo".[2]

Competing at the Paralympic Games, Hess won four gold medals in 1984, one in 1988, six in 1996,[1] and seven in 2000.[2] She also broke nine world records at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney.[3] At the 2004 Games, she won two gold and three silver medals.

Hess has cerebral palsy, and competes in the S5 disability classification.[2]

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