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Alexander
Meyer
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
05 July 1988
Height
180 cm
Weight
70 kg
Residence
Knoxville, TN, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Biology - Harvard University: Cambridge, MA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven.
Why this sport?
His mother was a swim coach and while she was coaching he did not want to stay at home with a babysitter, so she took him along with her and made him start swimming.

General Interest

Most influential person in career
US swimmer Fran Crippen. (usaswimming.org, 17 Jul 2013)
Hero / Idol
US open water swimmer Fran Crippen, who he shared a room with during competition. Crippen died during an open water swim in 2010. (usaswimming.org, 17 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[Endurance swimmers are] very proud of what we do. Sprinters get all the fame, they get all the glory. But we know that we're badder than anybody else. We're happy with that, embracing that culture, the lifestyle of an endurance athlete." (boston.com, 23 May 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2011 and 2013 he received the Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year award from USA Swimming. (gocrimson.com, 2012; washingtonpost.com, 15 Sep 2013)

He was named Breakout Swimmer of the Year at the 2011 Golden Goggles Awards. (usaswimming.org, 20 Nov 2011)
Famous relatives
His parents were college swimmers. (usaswimming.org, 17 Jul 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive open water swimming in August 2016. (swimswam.com, 04 Aug 2016)