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Breeja
Larson
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
16 April 1992
Height
183 cm
Marital status
* unknown *
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
Psychology, Sport Management - Texas A&M University: College Station, TX, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age four, and began swimming competitively at age 17.
Why this sport?
She did not enjoy swimming as a child, but her parents convinced her to try competing for the high school team. "I wanted to compete in sport in college and swimming was my best bet."
Club / Team
Phoenix Swim Club: United States
Name of coach
Garrett McCaffrey [club]; Joey Morgan [club]

General Interest

Hobbies
Cooking, baking. (usaswimming.org, 03 Jul 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (evosportsqatar.com, 18 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Steve Bultman. (transform.tamu.edu, 18 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Love what you do. Find the thing you're passionate about and stick with it." (evosportsqatar.com, 18 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (azcentral.com, 12 Apr 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She teaches an online sports management class at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, United States of America, and has an internship at a retirement facility in Tempe, Arizona. "Internships right now are the way just because swimming is so demanding with my time. I want to see what else is out there other than swimming." (azcentral.com, 12 Apr 2018)

TUMOURS FOUND
In 2011 tumours were discovered in her throat and she thought she had cancer. However, the tumours were found to be benign and she was able to begin a recovery process supported by her then coach Brad Hering, who himself has recovered from prostate cancer. In January 2015 she had surgery to remove a nodule on her thyroid, which left her with a significant scar. "I'm able to breathe a lot better in and out of the water. My quality of life has gone up a lot so I'm really thankful I was able to get it out. My hormone levels are fine because the other half [of her thyroid gland] is still there so I don't need to be on any medication." (azcentral.com, 16 Apr 2015, 04 Jul 2012)