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ZORN Trischa
Sport Para swimming
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age54
Place of BirthOrange, CA, USA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Her Husband Bryan and her stepdaughters Emelie and Erika
Other names
Trischa Zorn-Hudson
Residence
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Occupation
Coach, Lawyer, Teacher
Higher education
Education, Law - Indiana University / University of Nebraska: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She started swimming at the age of 10 at the Mission Viejos Natadores Team.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My motivation lies in the fact that I truly love what I'm doing." (sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 25 Oct 2000)
Awards and honours
She has been inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame. (teamusa.org, 30 Aug 2012)

Nominated for Sports Illustrated Woman of the Year 1988. (sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 19 Dec 1988)

First visually impaired athlete to earn a NCAA Division I scholarship. (swiminfo.com, Sep 2004)

She red the Athletes Oath at the 1996 Paralympics. (paralympic.org, 2012)

She was the United States flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony of the Athens Paralympic Games.(gobigred.unl.edu, 2011)
Impairment
She was born with aniridia and was legally blind until she received two artificial iris implants in 2003, which improved her vision to 20/150. The implants did not affect her classification. (pricevisiongroup.com, 27 Jul 2010)
Other information
AWARD
USA Swimming gives an award each year named the Trischa L. Zorn Award to recognise a swimmer or team with a disability. (usaswimming.org, 08 Feb 2010)

VETRAN PARALYMPIC CHAMPION
She has been competing in the Paralympics since 1980 and has won over 50 medals. (sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 18 Oct 2000, planetred.unl.edu.au, 27 Jul 2010)

WORK
She taught children with special needs for ten years. She developed the inclusionary teaching model, which lets special needs students integrate with their classmates and have richer learning experiences. She now works with the Indiana Pro Bono Commission in Indianapolis. (sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 18 Oct 2000, planetred.unl.edu, 27 Jul 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1980 100m Backstroke B 1:11.80
1 1980 100m Butterfly B 1:11.55
1 1980 100m Freestyle B 1:04.08
1 1980 4 x 100m Individual Medley B 5:32.68
1 1980 4 x 50m Individual Medley B 2:38.22
1 1984 100m Backstroke B2 1:13.87
1 1984 100m Butterfly B2 1:15.94
1 1984 100m Freestyle B2 1:10.14
1 1984 200m Individual Medley B2 47.29
1 1984 400m Individual Medley B2 5:55.25
1 1988 100m Backstroke B2 1:11.13
1 1988 100m Breaststroke B2 1:26.30
1 1988 100m Butterfly B2 1:11.42
1 1988 100m Freestyle B2 1:05.73
1 1988 200m Breaststroke B2 3:05.08
1 1988 200m Individual Medley B2 2:37.19
1 1988 400m Freestyle B2 5:06.47
1 1988 400m Individual Medley B2 5:36.12
1 1988 50m Breaststroke B2 39.29
1 1988 50m Freestyle B2 29.53
1 1992 100m Backstroke B2 1:09.89
1 1992 100m Breaststroke B1-2 1:26.46
2 1992 100m Butterfly B2-3 1:10.38
1 1992 100m Freestyle B2 1:04.33
1 1992 200m Backstroke B1-2 2:31.13
1 1992 200m Breaststroke B1-3 3:04.16
1 1992 200m Medley B2 2:35.89
2 1992 400m Freestyle B2-3 4:59.46
1 1992 400m Medley B1-3 5:29.76
1 1992 4 x 100m Freestyle B1-3 4:46.85
1 1992 4 x 100m Medley B1-3 5:21.49
1 1992 50m Freestyle B2 29.32
1 1996 100m Backstroke B2 1:15.43 
3 1996 100m Breaststroke B2 1:32.27 
4 1996 100m Butterfly B3 1:16.46 
3 1996 100m Freestyle B2 1:08.34 
1 1996 200m Medley B2 2:47.99 
2 1996 400m Freestyle B2 5:17.57
3 1996 4 x 100m Freestyle B1-3 4:57.32 
2 1996 4 x 100m Medley B1-3 5:29.71 
2 1996 50m Freestyle B2 30.93 
3 2000 50m Freestyle S12 30.04 
4 2000 100m Freestyle S12 1:06.15 
2 2000 100m Backstroke S12 1:13.22 
2 2000 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:29.93 
2 2000 100m Butterfly S12 1:11.44 
2 2000 200m Medley SM12 2:41.26 
7 2004 50m Freestyle S12 30.78
7 2004 100m Freestyle S12 1:07.58
3 2004 100m Backstroke S12 1:14.99
6 2004 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:46.52