Name: Justin Zook
Sport: Para Swimming
Classification: S10/SB9/SM10
Height: 6'1”
Weight: 195
Current Residence: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
College: Springfield College

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games, gold (100m backstroke), 8th (50m freestyle)
  • 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (100m backstroke)
  • 2004 Paralympic Games, gold (100m backstroke), bronze (50m freestyle)
Career Highlights:
  • 2013: World Championships, gold (100m backstroke); U.S. Paralympics Spring CanAms, gold (50m fly, 100m backstroke, 50m backstroke)
  • WR - 100 backstroke (S9)
  • American Record Holder: 50 Free (S9), 100 free (S9), 100 backstroke (S9)
  • 2006: World Championships, gold (100m backstroke), bronze (200m free relay, 400m medley relay)
  • 2002: World Championships, bronze (100m backstroke, 400 freestyle)

Fun Facts: At only 6 years old, Justin Zook discovered that swimming didn't take a toll on his body like other sports did. While growing up with growth-plate disorder in his right leg, swimming became a sport he not only found joy in, but one in which he excelled. Zook competed for the first time in front of the world at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, where he came home with a gold and bronze. Fast forward to 2012 when Zook won another gold medal for the 100m backstroke. His love for swimming and competing is still going strong as the 29-year-old sets his sight on Rio.

Learn more: 
US Para Swimming