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Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
20 November 1991
178 cm
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Higher education
Communications - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at about age five in Livermore Valley, CA, United States of America. She took up open water swimming at the University of Southern California in 2010.
Why this sport?
"I got into open water when I went to college. One of my coaches said I had a good stroke for open water and a good temperament."
Club / Team
Trojan Swim Club: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Name of coach
Dave Salo [club]; Catherine Vogt [national, personal]

General Interest

Reading Harry Potter books and watching Harry Potter films. (, 08 Nov 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (USA Swimming YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have always enjoyed swimming. Yes, I complain here and there, but I see the big picture and enjoy it, and there's no place I'd rather be than in the pool." (, 08 Nov 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named USA Swimming's Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2018. (, 01 Sep 2018;, 05 Oct 2015;, 15 Sep 2013)

She was presented with the 2014 Golden Goggles Perseverance Award in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships after her event was switched from Australia to Hawaii. She shared the award with male swimmer, Andrew Gemmell. (, 24 Nov 2014)
Other sports
She represented the United States of America in swimming at the Pan Pacific championships in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Nov 2018)
She became the first US athlete to win a medal in open water swimming at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in the 10km event at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Nov 2018;, 22 May 2018)
Famous relatives
Her sister Alyssa Anderson won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay. Her mother Colette swam for the University of Hawaii, while her brother Jordan has swum for the University of Utah. (, 08 Nov 2016; USA Swimming, 18 Jan 2013)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Swimming World YouTube channel, 03 May 2019)
Other information
She has served as a member of the Athletes Advisory Commission for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. "Being a part of the commission for the LA Olympic bid was really exciting. I was pretty bummed that we didn't get [to host] 2024 [Olympic Games], but I'm still happy that it's coming in 2028." (, 01 Sep 2018; Deadspin YouTube channel, 24 Feb 2018)