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Rikke Møller
Pedersen
DenmarkDenmark, DEN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 January 1989
Family
Partner Nicolai
Residence
Kolding, DEN
Languages
Danish, English
Higher education
Leisure Management - University College Absalon: Roskilde, DEN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six.

International Debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Denmark

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, claiming gold in the 200m at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and setting a world record in the 200m breaststroke at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (VM Media Guide, 01 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In 2018 scans revealed ligament damage in her right shoulder. (bt.dk, 13 Nov 2018)

She was troubled by pain in her right leg after competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bt.dk, 13 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
She received an acknowledgement from the city of Kolding, Denmark, in 2018. (jv.dk, 07 Sep 2018)

In 2009 she won the Arets Prize, the oldest sporting award in Denmark. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 01 Feb 2010)

He received the Olympic Hope Award at the 2009 Danish Sports Awards. (about.bestseller.com, 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Nicolai Sehested is a Danish international sailor who has taken part in the round-the-globe sailing competition Volvo Ocean Race. (jv.dk, 07 Sep 2018; volvooceanrace.com, 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 06 Aug 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming in January 2019. "It is with the same uncertain steps but with the same will, the same courage and the same indomitable determination that I started my swimming career at the time and focused my efforts on achieving my dreams that today I announce that I am stopping my career as a professional swimmer." (swimswam.com, 14 Jan 2019)

MOTIVATION
She says she is not motivated by her times while swimming but would prefer to reach technical perfection in her stroke. "The world record [in 2013] has built an illusion in my environment about how I should be and it was as an unrealistic illusion. Swimming became meaningless and I felt really demotivated because everything was about times and hundredths of seconds. I'd rather be remembered for having perfect technique than for having set a world record. Times are beaten. In a few years they will probably swim faster than we do today. But I think that if they talk about there was once one who looked like a dolphin in the water, I may have made my mark and I may have made a difference." (hellehein.dk, 13 Aug 2018)

OTHER ROLES
She has served as a coach at the Danish National Training Centre [NTC] in Bellahoj, Denmark. (vamdrup.dk, 07 Sep 2018)