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In just four short years, Michelle Konkoly has risen to the top of the international Paralympic swimming scene. After surviving a fall out of a five-story window in 2011, Michelle was left with a spinal cord injury and permanent weakness in her legs. At the time, she was a freshman on the Georgetown University swim team, and she refused to let this traumatic injury stand in the way of her dreams. She not only re-learned to walk and swim, but continued to compete for the Georgetown Hoyas, becoming team Captain and the first para-swimmer ever to compete at Big East Conference Championships.
When Michelle discovered Paralympic swimming in 2012, she quickly accelerated to the top of the world rankings. She holds five American and two PanAmerican records in S9 sprint freestyle events. After winning two gold medals at the 2014 CanAm Championships, Michelle was selected to represent Team USA at the 2014 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, where she won three gold medals and one silver in record-setting fashion. Her success continued through 2015, when she won two golds at the 2015 CanAm championships, and was selected to represent the United States at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Scotland. There, she won silver medals in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, and 34 point 4x100m freestyle relay, making three impressive trips to the podium during her debut World Championships. She also anchored Team USA’s 34 point 4x100m medley relay, leading the team to a fourth place finish.
Michelle currently lives in Naples, FL, and trains with T2 Aquatics in pursuit of representing Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. She graduated from Georgetown in December 2014 as a biology major, and will attend medical school in the future.
Michelle is an excellent public speaker and has spoken to teams and organizations about her inspiring story. She credits her success to an amazing support system, innate positivity, relentless work ethic, and above all, belief in oneself. .
Michelle Konkoly Videos
FROM THE BLOG
- Konkoly Clocks in with a New American Record! It’s another Paralympic American Record for Dolfin Pro Michelle Konkoly! Michelle, who is a sprint specialist, showed her versatility and strength by breaking the 200m freestyle record at T2 Aquatics’ annual Norris Foundation Meet in Naples, Fl over the weekend. Even though the 200 free is not an official Paralympic event for her classification, Michelle came ...
- Michelle Konkoly Q&A This week for our teammate Tuesday we check in with team dolfin member Michelle Konkoly, holder of 5 American and 2 PamAmerican records in the sprint freestyle events, 3 Pan Pacific Para gold medals, and 3 IPC Swimming World Championship silver medals. We caught up with Michelle to talk about music, training and more, and ...
- Michelle Konkoly Blog – ECAC Championships and a New American Record This weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in the para-swimming demonstration events at ECAC Championships at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. It was truly an honor to be a part of the competition and the changes the ECAC are pioneering through the ECAC Inclusive Sports Initiative have the potential to drastically change ...
- Konkoly Blog, January 2016 Hey Team Dolfin Fans! I’m finally back in FL after a 10 day trip to DC and Colorado Springs! In DC, I spoke at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo and got lots of fans excited for Rio! It’s always fun to go back to DC as well – after going to school there for four ...
- Konkoly Blog, December 2015 It’s been an exciting month! In November, I swam in the Minnesota Pro Series, which was a good meet to start off the long course season. I was happy with my times, especially in my 50 free, and came away from the meet with lots of things to keep working on. The following week, I ...
- Konkoly Blog, November 2015 Training has been going really well and I’m excited to finally get back into racing! Next week I’m headed up to the Minnesota Grand Prix to race long course for the first time since the summer. I’m excited to see where my times are at after two solid months of training, and also to hang ...
- Konkoly Blog, August 2015 Hey fellow Dolfin fans! After a whirlwind summer, I am finally back home in Naples, FL and ready to kick off another great season of training. I had some awesome swims this past summer at both IPC World Championships in Scotland and National Paralympic Day in London, and I learned so many great things that I’m ...
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