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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
11 March 1986
188 cm
Husband Chris Davis Jr.
Suwanee, GA, USA
Higher education
Visual Arts - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight in Minnesota, United States of America. She started competing at age 11 for Flowers Crossing in Gwinnett County, GA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"When I was younger, I wasn't very aggressive and I think part of what drew me to swimming was the fact that it wasn't a contact sport. I just learned at an early age that I was good at it so I stuck with it."
Club / Team
SwimAtlanta: United States
Name of coach
Doug Gjertsen

International Debut

Competing for
United States
Pan American Games
Dominican Republic

General Interest

Hollywood [because she loves sunglasses and always wears them], AJ [because her middle name is Jo]. (, 06 Aug 2016)
Drawing, interior design, cooking, photography. (, 06 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (, 21 Jun 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (, 06 Aug 2016)
In August 2017 she had surgery to replace two herniated discs in her neck. She expected to miss three weeks before being able to resume training. (, 07 Aug 2017)

She has a long standing lower back injury that surfaced at the 2013 US National Championships and hampered her performances. (, 15 Nov 2013)
Famous relatives
Her father Jim played basketball at Central College in Iowa, United States of America, and her mother Julia competed in athletics at the same college. Her younger brother Caleb has competed in swimming for the University of Texas and was a US Olympic Trials qualifier. Her great uncle Burl Ives was a singer and actor who won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1959 [The Big Country]. Her husband Chris Davis Jr. has coached swimming at SwimAtlanta in the United States of America. (, 12 Jul 2018;, 06 Aug 2016;, 29 Jul 2016;, 2016; USA Swimming, 18 Jul 2012)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 08 Jul 2019)
Other information
In August 2017 she underwent surgery to replace two herniated discs in her neck. "Finding out what it was was a little bit of relief, but it was also scary to know that I had to have surgery on my spine. To not really know how it would affect me in the water was definitely scary. It's been really hard to learn that I'm human and I can break. Just knowing what I love to do [swimming] has played a part in that, and that was mentally hard to deal with. There's nothing I would rather be doing than swimming." (USA Swimming YouTube channel, 25 Sep 2018)