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Valerie GRUEST
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Guatemala   
Born14 Mar 1999
Height1.70 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Communications, Visual Arts - Northwestern University: Evanston, IL, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at an early age and began competing at age four.
Why this sport?
She comes from a family of swimmers.
General Interest
Val (Facebook profile, 28 Feb 2019)
Arts. (Abbie Wolf Youtube channel, 26 Feb 2019)
She has undergone surgery to treat an injury in her left shoulder. (cor.org, 17 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always believe in what you do, and stay disciplined to achieve your goals." (carreteranews.com, 14 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named Rookie Athlete of the Year by the Sports Writers' Association of Guatemala. (Acuatica Slowing Facebook page, 26 Jun 2015)
Other sports
She has competed in paddle board surfing at international level. (cdag.com.gt, 06 May 2014)
Famous relatives
Her mother Karin Slowing [1984] and her aunt Melanie Slowing [2004] both competed in swimming for Guatemala at the Olympic Games. (carreteranews.com, 14 Jun 2012; sports-reference.com, 2012; northwestern.edu, 01 Sep 2017)
Other information
She returned to competition during the 2018/19 university season after taking a one-year break. (swimswam.com, 03 Oct 2018; nusports.com, 01 Nov 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:19.58
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:39.80
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 16:34.81
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Butterfly 2:12.82
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:39.88
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:59.70
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 17:14.19
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Butterfly 2:13.07
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 4:14.75
27 2014 Doha, QAT 800m Freestyle 8:44.78
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Butterfly 1:03.17
28 2012 Istanbul, TUR 800m Freestyle 9:22.55
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
36 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 1:03:03.8
40 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 2:04:45.3