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Simone
Manuel
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
02 August 1996
Height
178 cm
Residence
Stanford, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She had her first swimming lesson at age four. She began taking the sport more seriously at age nine.
Why this sport?
Her parents wanted her to be safe in the water. "I remember watching Michael Phelps at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing winning eight gold medals. I said to myself, 'I want to do that one day'. Maybe not the eight gold medals, but go to the Olympics."
Club / Team
Alto Swim Club: Palo Alto, CA, USA
Name of coach
Greg Meehan [personal, national], USA; Tracy Slusser, USA
Training Regime
She trains 20 hours a week, including nine swim practices and three weight training sessions.

International Debut

Year
2013
Competing for
United States

General Interest

Nicknames
Swimone (teenvogue.com, 12 Aug 2016)
Hobbies
Singing, dancing, cooking. (al.com, 17 Aug 2016)
Injuries
Her training was disrupted ahead of the 2017/18 season due to tendinitis in her hip. (nataccion.com, 18 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I know what I'm capable of. I want to win. I think that is what defines a racer. You have to have mental toughness, because everyone lined up against you is capable of winning and swimming fast. It's a mindset of being confident and knowing you can compete." (houstonchronicle.com, 16 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named one of SwimSwam magazine's Top 20 Swimmers of the 2010s. (altoswimclub.com, 09 Jan 2020)

She was given the Honda Cup award at the 2018 Collegiate Women Sports Awards in the United States of America. (stanford.edu, 28 Jun 2018)

In November 2016 she received the Female Race of the Year award at USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards, in recognition of the gold medal she won in the 100m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fina.org, 22 Nov 2016)
Famous relatives
Her father Marc and her brother Ryan played basketball at college level in the United States of America. Her cousin Gerard King played basketball for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. (gostanford.com, 24 Nov 2015; smumustangs.com, 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the next three Olympic Games. (houstonchronicle.com, 16 Aug 2019)