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Lotte
Friis
DenmarkDenmark, DEN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 February 1988
Height
184 cm
Residence
Copenhagen, DEN
Languages
Danish, English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 1993 at the RAP Blovstrod club in Denmark.

International Debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Denmark
Location
Dublin, IRL

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 800m freestyle at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, claiming gold in the 800m freestyle at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, and securing two silver medals at the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark. (tv2.dk, 25 Apr 2017)
Injuries
A shoulder injury and illness forced her to withdraw from the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 17 Nov 2014)

One of her legs is longer than the other, which causes discomfort in her knee. She had knee surgery in December 2005. (lottefriis.net, 01 Aug 2011; svoem.dk, 09 Jun 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you are only going to do something half-hearted, you might as well not do it." (svoem.dk, 09 Jun 2008)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the Danish Sports Name of the Year award in 2009. (dr.dk, 25 Apr 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2017 she announced her retirement from swimming. She planned to stay involved in the sport, working as a commentator in the media and as a coach. "I am proud of my career and proud of the results I have accomplished. I hope that I have left my mark in Danish elite swimming and that I have been a good role model for younger swimmers, and helped motivate and inspire a new generation of swimmers to believe in themselves and dare to dream. I'm saying goodbye to a sport that has meant the world to me. It has given me a career, great experiences and friends all over the world. It's definitely not been an easy decision for me but I know it's the right one." (Instagram profile, 06 Aug 2017; tv2.dk, 25 Apr 2017; swimswam.com, 25 Apr 2017)

AMERICAN ADVENTURE
She spent time training and competing in the United States of America from 2013 to 2016. "In American swimming there is so much competition just to get to a major tournament, so everybody shows up for training fully focused every single day. Failure to do so, and there are 10 others who bother and gain an advantage. At the same time, I have become more outgoing. I am with Americans, so I have had to. Over here they talk to strangers in the supermarket, and I just get used to it." (bt.dk, 20 Oct 2016, 30 Jul 2016)