Lizzi is an American Record Holder and US Paralympian who has a long list of accomplishments over her relatively short career, including:
- 2016 silver and bronze medalist Rio Paralympics
- 2015 World Championships
- 2014 gold, 4x silver, and 2x bronze medalist Pan Pacific Championships
- 2013 2x bronze medalist World Championships
"As a Paralympic athlete, innovative thinking is a must! I'm always looking for ways to adapt how I train in and out of the water to maximize my strengths and minimize my weaknesses. I'm excited to have this opportunity to work with Fike Swim and to use products like The Brick as an everyday tool for successful training! I'm proud to bring diversity into Fike Swim's already talented group of pros!" said Smith.
After moving to San Francisco after the Rio Games, Smith will be entering the 2017 season with a new team, seeking to return to World Championships for a third straight time, and with the support of Fike Swim.
"Lizzi exemplifies the drive and determination that makes swimmers such a special breed. A person with her handicap rules out this sport, but she's a swimmer and we're born for the water. Fike Swim is stepping up to help swimmers like Lizzi get the support they deserve." said Fike Swim founder James Fike.
Q& A with Lizzi Smith:
Q: How did you get into swimming?
A: "I joined my first swim team when I was 7. Fifteen minutes into my first practice I quit. The following season my parents bribed me with pizza to give it another shot. I've been swimming ever since."
Q: What is your favorite event?
A: "100 fly! It's a tough event that sometimes scares other swimmers. I take a lot of pride in being a butterflyer!"
Q: How many yards per week do you train?
A: "My events are shorter events so I train lower yardage, higher intensity. Depending on the week, I put in 36,000-48,000 yards."
Q: Favorite set in practice?
A: "One of my favorites was a USRPT-type set:
30x25 fly holding 15.5 or faster on :30
12x50 back holding 32.2 or faster on :50
The set was designed to be holding your race pace and if you missed your time, you had to sit out. It's a great challenge because I never wanted to be the one to sit out."
Q: What are your 2017 competition goals?
A: "I want to participate in able-bodied meets to help bridge the gap between disabled swimming and able-bodied swimming."
Q: What are your practice goals to help you meet your competition goals?
A: "My goal is to not just limit myself to the pool for training but to take concepts from the pool and apply them to other activities like hiking, yoga, and cycling."