Name: Natalie Sims
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter Freestyle, 400-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Backstroke, 100-meter Butterfly
Classification: S9, SB9, SM9
Height: 5-8
DOB: 6/6/1997
Birthplace: Edina, Minn.
Hometown: Edina, Minn.
High School: Edina High School (Edina, Minn.) ‘16
Team/Club: YWCA Minneapolis Otters
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 8th (400-meter freestyle), 7th (100-meter freestyle)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, 8th (400-meter freestyle)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2017 – gold (34 pt. 4x100-meter freestyle, 34 pt. 4x100-meter medley), bronze (100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle), 5th (200-meter individual medley), 7th (100-meter butterfly)
  • Years of Participation: 2017
  • Medals: 5 medals (2 gold, 3 bronze)
  • Gold – 2017 (34 pt. 4x100-meter freestyle, 34 pt. 4x100-meter medley)
  • Bronze – 2017 (100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle)
Personal: When Sims was thirteen years old, she took a chance and joined her YWCA’s swim club, the Minneapolis Otters...In less than four years she grew from a beginner to one of the fastest youth swimmers in the organization...In 2013, Sims qualified in the S9 classification for her first Paralympic meet...Between 2013 and 2015, she was named to the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Emerging Team and competed in the 2014 Can-Am Paralympic Championships in Edmonton...She is the cousin of Dragomir Cioroslan, the Romanian weightlifting bronze medalist from the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984...Daughter of Michael and Lisa Sims...Has one brother, Jack, and one sister, Nicole...Interests include running, biking, fishing, swimming, reading and yoga...She is a lifeguard