Name: Gia Pergolini
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50-meter Freestyle, 50-meter Backstroke, 200-meter Freestyle
Classification: S13, SB13, SM13
Height: 5-6
DOB: 2/3/2004
Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga.
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
High School: St. Francis High School (Milton, Ga.) ‘23
Paralympic Experience
  • One-time Paralympian (2020); One-time Paralympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold (100-meter backstroke), 5th (100-meter butterfly)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2022 – GOLD (100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke); SILVER (100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle); BRONZE (200-meter individual medley)
  • Years of Participation: 2017, 2019, 2022
  • Medals: 6 (2 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Gold – 2022 (100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke)
  • Silver – 2022 (100-meter butterfly, 50-meter freestyle), 2019 (100-meter backstroke), 2017 (100-meter backstroke)
  • Bronze – 2022 (200-meter individual medley)
Personal: Pergolini began swimming in 2008 at age four and started competing competitively at age five...Growing up, she played lacrosse, soccer and gymnastics, but swimming was her passion...When she was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, she decided to focus on swimming...In 2017, Pergolini set multiple records, including the American and Pan Am record in the S13 100-meter backstroke at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Swimming World Championships Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado...Daughter of Bill and Alice Pergolini...Has two brothers, Matthew and David...Hobbies include hanging out with her friends, baking and listening to Ariana Grande.