After placing fifth in the S13 women’s 100m butterfly final yesterday (Wednesday 25 August) at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games Gia Pergolini is set to take the water again today (Thursday 26 August) for the women’s 100m backstrokes S13 final. As she competes in this year’s Paralympic games, some are curious to know more about Gia Pergolini’s disability.
Who is Gia Pergolini?
Gia Pergolini, born 3 February 2004 is a 17-year-old swimmer known for competing in both freestyle and backstroke.
In the games so far, Pergolini has already placed fifth in the S13 women’s 100m butterfly final and is set to compete in the finals of the S13 women’s 100m backstroke today (26 August). Later this week she will also compete in the S13 women’s 50-meter freestyle on Sunday (29 August).
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Gia Pergolini opens up on disability
Looking back on her condition, Pergolini has previously admitted she first noticed she had trouble with her vision in kindergarten.
In an interview with Team USA, she explained: “In kindergarten, I had trouble seeing, but not to the extent it is now.
“But no one knew what was wrong with me. A lot of people thought I was faking it. It wasn’t until I was 10 and in fourth grade that they found out I had Stargardt disease.”
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Swimmer on reaching Tokyo 2020
Posing in front of the pool where she would compete within the games, she wrote: “Well guys, five years in the making for this very moment.
“Words can’t describe how grateful I am for this amazing opportunity . I couldn’t have done without all the people that’s in my life right now. And come this Thursday, I can’t wait to put on a show for all them.”