Priscilla Lopes-Schliep at the 2012 Bislett Games
|Full name||Priscilla Lopes-Schliep|
26 August 1982 |
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||67 kg (148 lb)|
Lopes-Schliep attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She married former University of Nebraska basketball player, Bronsen Schliep, in the fall of 2007. They currently reside in Toronto, where he practices dentistry.
In 2004 Priscilla became the 2004 NCAA Indoor Champion in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.82 as her personal best. Lopes-Schliep won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in women's 100 m hurdles. It was the first medal for Canada in Athletics at the Summer Olympics since the 1996 Games and the first medal for a Canadian woman in Olympic track and field since the 1992 Games.
At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, Lopes-Schliep won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles in Berlin, Germany, in a time of 12.54s. She failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, having finished 7th in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 Canadian Olympic trials for track and field after she struck a hurdle and fell.
Lopes-Schliep has the LMNA R482W gene mutation, and was diagnosed with Dunnigan-type Lipodystrophy. The diagnosis came from research conducted by Jill Viles, a muscular dystrophy patient, who spotted physical similarities between herself and Lopes-Schliep and encouraged her to undergo genetic testing. The results confirmed Dunnigan-type Lipodystrophy, and alerted Lopes-Schliep to a potential pancreatitis attack due to the high levels of fat in her blood, though this was avoided by modifying her diet.
|50 metres hurdles||6.82||Stockholm, Sweden||21 February 2008|
|55 metres hurdles||7.51||Fresno, California, United States||21 January 2008|
|60 metres hurdles||7.82||Stuttgart, Germany||6 February 2010|
|100 metres hurdles||12.49||Brussels, Belgium||4 September 2009|
|60 metres||7.23||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States||26 February 2005|
|100 metres||11.44||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada||19 July 2003|
|200 metres (indoor)||23.50||Lincoln, Nebraska, United States||25 February 2006|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.
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