Name: Noga Nir-Kistler
Sport: Table Tennis
Event(s): 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly
Classification: S6, SB5, SM6
Height: 5-4
Weight: 120
DOB: 5/18/1979
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Hometown: Allentown, Pa.
High School: Whitehall High School (Whitehall, Pa.) ‘98
Team/Club: Emmaus Aquatic Club
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016); One-time medalist (1 bronze)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, bronze (100m breast), 6th (50m free)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, table tennis, group play (singles 5)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2013 – silver (50m free, 100m breast), bronze (50m fly, 20 pt. 4x50m medley), 4th (100m free, 200m IM, 20 pt. 4x50m free)
  • Years of Participation: 2013
  • Medals: 4 (2 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Silver – 2013 (50m free, 100m breast)
  • Bronze – 2013 (50m fly, 20 pt. 4x50m medley)
Personal: Nir-Kistler originally she chose table tennis as her sport and competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. In 2010 she switched to swimming. At age 20 she developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy, which mainly affects the nerves in her left hand. She was born in Israel but her family moved to Pennsylvania when she was 17. After two years her family moved back to Israel, but she decided to stay and became a U.S. citizen....Daughter of Eliezer Nir and Nira Nir…Has three older brothers, Yaron, Tal and Ofer, who all live in Israel…Married to Fred Kistler…Hobbies include spending time with family and friends, swimming, table tennis, walking/playing with her dog, Lobo, reading and listening to music.