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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 October 1985
191 cm
95 kg
Wife Erin, sons Will and Ricky
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Higher education
Language Studies - English - University of Minnesota: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five.

General Interest

Listening to music, reading, playing with his dog, cycling. (, 08 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 100m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 08 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"True strength is the ability to weather a storm." (Facebook page, 09 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
In August 2016 he was selected to sound the Gjallarhorn for the first match at the new stadium of the Minnesota Vikings. Famous at the NFL franchise, sounding the horn before the game is similar to throwing out the first pitch in baseball. (, 27 Aug 2016)
Famous relatives
His brother Ryan was an All-American swimmer between 2000 and 2004 at the University of Minnesota in the United States of America. (, 07 Jan 2008)
Other information
He announced his retirement from competitive swimming in January 2017. He had made the decision following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I haven't been in the water since Rio, so this has been true for a while, but now I am saying it out loud and I am admitting it to myself. I am retiring. I am done swimming. This was a hard decision to make. I have defined myself as a swimmer since I was five years old, but it comes down to this: I don't want it any more." (, 11 Jan 2017)

His appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro [where he won bronze in the 100m backstroke], at age 30, made him the oldest first-time US Olympic swimmer to compete at the Games since St. Louis in 1904. (, 08 Aug 2016;, 29 Jul 2016)

He has coached the junior swim team at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN, United States of America. (, 29 Jul 2016)