Name: Robert Griswold
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 400-meter Freestyle, 100-meter Backstroke, 200-meter Individual Medley
Classification: S8, SB7, SM8
Height: 6-0
DOB: 11/27/1996
Birthplace: Hickory, N.C.
Hometown: Freehold, N.J.
High School: Freehold Township High School (Freehold, N.J.) '15
College: Carson-Newman University ’19, Political Science
Team/Club: Carson-Newman University
Coach(es): Jordan Taylor
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2016, 2020); Three-time Paralympic medalist (2 gold, 1 bronze)
  • Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, gold (100-meter backstroke), gold (100-meter butterfly), 4th (200-meter Individual Medley), 5th (400-meter freestyle)
  • Paralympic Games Rio 2016, bronze (100-meter backstroke), 4th (200-meter individual medley), 5th (400-meter freestyle), 6th (34 pt. 4x100-meter freestyle relay, 34 pt. 4x100 medley relay)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – gold (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley), silver (400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly)
  • Years of Participation: 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Medals: 9 (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2019 (100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley); 2017 (100-meter backstroke)
  • Silver – 2019 (400-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly); 2017 (400-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley)
  • Bronze – 2017 (34 pt. 4x100-meter medley); 2015 (400-meter freestyle)
Personal: From a young age, swimming gave Griswold freedom and a place to relate to his peers...Griswold, who has cerebral palsy, got his start in the pool when his parents took him to the Ocean County YMCA at six years old...He was on a competitive track by the time he was nine...In his home state of New Jersey, Griswold arranged a clinic at the age of 16 to educate the community about the sport of adaptive swimming and expose individuals with physical disabilities and their families to the athletic opportunities available to them...An array of coaches and athletes were present at the even including 2000 Paralympic gold medalist Lauren Reynolds Davidson, two-time Paralympian Joe Wise and 2012 Paralympic gold medalist Ian Silverman...He was the captain and MVP of his high school swim team in Freehold, N.J....Son of Douglas and Linda Griswold...Has one sister, Molly...His hobbies include reading, camping, traveling and history