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James
Feigen
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 September 1989
Height
196 cm
Weight
97 kg
Residence
Austin, TX, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Biology, Human Movement Studies - University of Texas at Austin: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
His mother wanted all her children to be able to swim, as they always lived near water.
Club / Team
SwimMAC Carolina [USA] / New York Athletic Club [USA]:
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day, five days a week.

General Interest

Hobbies
Playing word games, video games and paintball. (teamusa.org, 09 Jul 2016; Twitter profile, 04 Jul 2016)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (usaswimming.org, 21 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every race is the same. You dive in and pretty much black out. I wish I had a better answer, but you black out and the training takes over. I've probably swam hundreds and hundreds and thousands and thousands of 50s in my lifetime. Each one feels the same, whether you go a 20.5 or a 19.0. It's all out and it's all tiring." (ncaa.com, 23 Mar 2012)
Ambitions
To become an orthopaedic surgeon when he retires from swimming. (teamusa.org, 09 Jul 2016)
Other information
SUSPENSION
In September 2016 he was banned from the sport for four months by USA Swimming and the United States Olympic Committee [USOC] for breaching both organisations' code of conduct at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He and teammates Joseph Bentz, Ryan Lochte and Jack Conger were filmed on closed-circuit television [CCTV] vandalising a petrol station in the city during a night out. Bentz and Conger also received four-month bans while Lochte was suspended for 10 months after initially falsely claiming the quartet had been robbed at gunpoint. Feigen also donated 35,000 Brazilian reals to a Brazilian charity. (bbc.com, 08 Sep 2016; bbc.com, 21 Aug 2016; bbc.com, 19 Aug 2016)

ENTREPRENEUR
In 2014 he and some friends founded Phox, a mobile-phone charging locker system located inside bars and restaurants where people pay to charge their mobile devices while they are out. By early 2016 they had 50 units across four cities in Texas, United States of America. (usaswimming.org, 04 Mar 2016)