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Jeanette
Ottesen
DenmarkDenmark, DEN
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
30 December 1987
Height
180 cm
Weight
72 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Marco Loughran
Residence
Copenhagen, DEN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Danish, German, English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 12 in Lyngby, Denmark.
Why this sport?
She had been dancing for 10 years and felt she needed to try something else. Her sister was also a swimmer.

International Debut

Year
2001
Competing for
Spain

General Interest

Nicknames
Nette, Janet (Facebook profile, 23 Nov 2017; svoem.dk, 09 Jul 2008)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (b.dk, 14 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruin. (svoem.dk, 09 Jul 2008)
Injuries
She suffered a broken finger in June 2015 after she was the victim of a road rage incident in Denmark. (bbc.co.uk, 24 Jun 2015)

She fractured a rib in 2005, which kept her out of the water for three months. (svoem.dk, 09 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I can, I will." (Facebook page, 06 Aug 2017)
Famous relatives
Her husband Marco Loughran represented Great Britain in swimming at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2017; bt.dk, 06 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dr.dk, 03 Nov 2017)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
She considered retiring from the sport following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, after announcing she was pregnant in June 2017 she revealed she was considering trying to qualify for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. "I'm not ending my career, I am having a break and will see what happens. Swimming is such a big part of who I am. Of course, there will be other priorities in the future, but I'm starting to think more and more that I'm not done as an elite swimmer." (dr.dk, 03 Nov 2017; tv2.dk, 17 Jul 2017; fina.org, 26 Oct 2016)

ROAD RAGE
In June 2015 she and her husband Marco Loughran were the victims of road rage in Denmark. The attacker had indicated Ottesen had been driving too slowly. She sustained a broken finger in the incident, while Loughran suffered head injuries and broken teeth. "This guy just started hailing punches at me through the window. I must have felt about seven or eight punches as I was struggling to get my seat belt off. Jeanette was leaning across trying to cradle me and that's how she was injured," Loughran said. (bbc.co.uk, 24 Jun 2015)