Name: Colleen Young
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Backstroke, 100-meter Breaststroke, 200-meter Individual Medley
Classification: S13, SB13, SM13
Height: 5-8
DOB: 6/29/1998
Birthplace: St. Louis, Mo.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Lindbergh High School (St. Louis, Mo.), ’16
College: Fairfield University ‘20, Communications
Team/Club: CSP Tideriders
Paralympic Experience
  • Three-time Paralympian (2012, 2016, 2020); Two-time Paralympic medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, silver (200-meter individual medley), 8th (100-meter backstroke)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, bronze (100-meter breaststroke), 4th (100-meter backstroke), 5th (200-meter individual medley)
  • Paralympic Games London 2012, 5th (100-meter breaststroke), 7th (200-meter individual medley)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2022 – GOLD (100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley); 5th (100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle)
  • Years of Participation: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022
  • Medals: 11 (3 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze)
  • Gold – 2022 (100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter individual medley); 2017 (100-meter breaststroke)
  • Silver – 2019 (100-meter breaststroke); 2017 (200-meter individual medley); 2013 (100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter backstroke)
  • Bronze – 2017 (100-meter backstroke); 2015 (100-meter backstroke, 100-meter breaststroke); 2013 (400-meter freestyle)
Personal: Young began swimming in 2005 at age seven…She was born with albinism and is legally blind…Her passion for swimming developed after she realized that she could focus on herself instead of a ball, unlike when she played soccer and softball…In 2012, she became the youngest member at 14-years-old to compete on the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team in London....Daughter of Doug and Bridget Young…has a brother, Kyle …Hobbies include reading, writing, listening to music and playing golf.