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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 January 1992
181 cm
Wife Ali
Bloomington, IN, USA
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Higher education
Business Management - Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He entered his first swimming competition at age eight.
Why this sport?
He suffered from pectus excavatum [sunken chest], so he took up swimming to monitor his heart and breathing.
Club / Team
Sandpipers of Nevada [USA] / Indiana Swimming [USA]:
Name of coach
Ray Looze; Mike Westphal

General Interest

Going to the cinema, reading comic books, going to the movies, playing video games, skateboarding. (Facebook page, 15 Aug 2018;, 01 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 14 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Ron Aitken and Chris Barber. (, 28 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
His mother. (, 24 Dec 2015)
He suffered a knee injury which prevented him from competing in a series of competitions in mid-2018. After surgery he was able to train again after six months. (, 12 Jun 2019;, 28 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“You might want to win gold medals, and you might want to be a successful swimmer, but if you don't enjoy the process, guess what, you're not doing it for the right reasons." (, 12 Jun 2019)
Famous relatives
His younger sister Catie has competed in swimming at university level. (, 24 May 2014;, 01 Jan 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 23 Dec 2016)
Other information
His father was an alcoholic, and he was raised by his mother after he found his father drinking and gambling instead of going to work. His father left the family home shortly afterwards and he had little contact with him until on Christmas Day in 2015 he was found dead after living homeless on the streets in Ocean Beach, CA, United States of America. He shared the story of his father's passing in the months after winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “I felt like it was important that people know that despite me losing my dad six months before the Olympics, I was still able to come through and still able to achieve my dreams. Everybody has struggles. That's one thing that I went through that really sucked, that I had to deal with, that my family had to deal with." (, 14 Oct 2016;, 12 Jun 2019)

In October 2017 he launched a YouTube channel that now has over 90,000 subscribers. "It's basically me just sharing a story and trying to piece together a narrative in an interesting, entertaining way while providing some form of swimming insight, be it a set we're doing or the way that we tackle a race or something about strategy. For me to make a video that people enjoy, I get great reward from that." (, 12 Jun 2019)

He has pectus excavatum, which is sometimes known as a sunken chest. The condition can diminish lung capacity by up to 20% and sometimes requires surgery. (, 23 Dec 2016;, 10 Dec 2015)