Jessica Long competes in the Women's 400m Freestyle S8 final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 8, 2016.
As we approach one year out from the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Para athletes from all sports continue to train with one goal in mind: delivering gold.
Here are some of the swimmers to keep on your radar.
Minor is working to compete in the 400m freestyle after a strong performance at the 2019 World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis. The young swimmer has been steadily improving, finishing first in the 400 freestyle and 50 freestyle in 2019 after winning the 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle at the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Para National Championships.
Weggemann won a gold medal in the 50m free and bronze in the 34 pt. 4x100m medley at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Just missing the podium in 2016, she’s aiming to be back on top as she did at the 2019 World Championships, adding to her medal count with two gold in the 50m fly and 50m free and one silver in the 200m IM.
Marks won a gold medal in the 100m breast and bronze in the 24pt. 4x100m medley relay at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games before winning gold in the 100m back at the 2019 World Championships.
The owner of a bronze medal for the 100m backstroke in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Griswold already has Paralympic experience. However, the young swimmer is primed for a breakout performance. Most recently, Griswold came back with gold in the 100m backstroke and 200m IM at the 2019 World Championships.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Para swimming legend Jessica Long. Long is one of only three Americans to appear in four Paralympic games during which she claimed 23 medals, including 13 gold, in her trips to Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. The same success she’s shown time and time again will only add to her legacy in Tokyo.