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Andrew
Gemmell
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
20 February 1991
Height
183 cm
Weight
73 kg
Residence
Washington, DC, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Consultant
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - University of Georgia: Athens, GA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two.
Why this sport?
His father, a swim coach, took him to swimming lessons.
Club / Team
Nation's Capital Swim Club: Washington, DC, USA
Name of coach
Pete Morgan [club]

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the 1500m freestyle event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (usaswimming.org, 24 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sometimes it is slower at the beginning, and others may have a fast pace. With open water swimming it is a lot of racing in that moment and how you adapt to the situations in that moment and with the competitors right there." (delawareonline.com, 30 Jun 2014)
Awards and honours
He won the 2014 Golden Goggle Perseverance Award after winning a gold medal at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships after his event was switched from Australia to Hawaii. He shared the award with female swimmer, Haley Anderson. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 24 Nov 2014)

He was named Swimming World Magazine's 2014 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 03 Nov 2014)
Famous relatives
His father Bruce is a swim coach who swam for the University of Michigan. (USA Swimming, 17 Jul 2012)
Other information
NEAR MISS
He almost missed the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, People's Republic of China, because he lost his passport on the day the US team was preparing to fly to the event. Instead of taking off for Shanghai, he had to return home to Delaware and wait for a replacement passport. It came four days later, just hours before his rescheduled flight. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 12 Jun 2011)