Name: Leslie Cichocki
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle, 200m IM
Classification: S14, SB14, SM14
Height: 5-9
Weight: 135
DOB: 12/28/1988
Birthplace: Oak Lawn, Ill.
Hometown: Palos Hills, Ill.
High School: Victor J. Andrew High School (Tinley Park, Ill.) '07
College: Moraine Valley Community College ’15, Culinary Arts
Team/Club: Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 7th (100m back)
  • She was the first intellectually disabled swimmer to represent the United States at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Other Career Highlights
  • Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, gold (100m back), bronze (200m free, 200m IM)
  • 2015 Spring CanAms, gold (200m free, 200m IM, 100m back)
  • American record holder in the S14/SB14/SM14 50m, 100m, 200m free; 50m, 100m, 200m back; 100m breast; 50m, 100m fly; 200m IM; 4x100m free, 4x100m medley and 4x50m medley
Personal: Cichocki began swimming at age five in 1993. Both of her sister were swimmers, influencing her to try the sport. She has an intellectual impairment that makes it difficult for her to process information and also experiences seizures. She made her senior international debut at the Toronto Parapan American Games where she won a gold and two bronze medals. She was named the 2010 Oak Lawn Park District Athlete of the Year. She lists swim coach Jody Hottes as the most influential person in her career and her swim idol is Matt Grevers....Daughter of Edward and Cheryl Cichocki…Has two sisters, Janine and Kristen…Hobbies include spending time with her family, bowling, cycling, fishing, wakeboarding, travel and cooking.