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Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
20 November 1991
178 cm
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Higher education
Communications - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at about age five in Livermore Valley, CA, United States of America. She took up open water swimming at the University of Southern California in 2010.
Why this sport?
Her coach Catherine Kase suggested she try open water swimming. "My older sister made everything look very graceful. I make everything look very hard. But I think Catherine also thought I had the temperament and the slight craziness that you need to be an open water swimmer. So I did a little camp in the US, an open water select camp. In 2010, I competed in open water nationals for the first time and managed to qualify for the 25km at the world championships in Canada. So my second-ever race was a 25km. That summer, while training for it, Catherine kept telling me the whole time, 'It won't be that bad. Don't worry. It's not that bad.' And afterwards I was like, 'It's not that bad? Not that bad? You psycho! It was that bad! It was awful!'"
Club / Team
Trojan Swim Club: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Name of coach
Dave Salo [personal]; Catherine Kase [national, personal]
Training Regime
"99% of my training is in the pool. It's easier to calculate how fast you're going and keep track of progress throughout the season. But if I have a race coming up in salt water, warm water or cold water, I'll try to acclimate as best as I can."

General Interest

Reading, watching TV. (, 01 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 5km at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (, 29 Jan 2020)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I don't listen to music. If I'm listening to music, it means I'm thinking and being in my own head, and I don't want to be in my own head. I just want to hang out." (, 29 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named USA Swimming's Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year in 2013, 2015 and 2018. (, 01 Sep 2018;, 05 Oct 2015;, 15 Sep 2013)

She was presented with the 2014 Golden Goggles Perseverance Award in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships after her event was switched from Australia to Hawaii. She shared the award with male swimmer, Andrew Gemmell. (, 24 Nov 2014)
Other sports
She represented the United States of America in swimming at the Pan Pacific championships in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Nov 2018)
She became the first US athlete to win a medal in open water swimming at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in the 10km event at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Nov 2018;, 22 May 2018)
Famous relatives
Her sister Alyssa Anderson won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay. Her mother Colette competed in swimming for the University of Hawaii, while her brother Jordan competed in swimming for the University of Utah. (, 08 Nov 2016; USA Swimming, 18 Jan 2013)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Swimming World YouTube channel, 03 May 2019)
Other information
After winning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was not satisfied with her fifth place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I'm not happy – and I was never happy – with that finish. I put a lot of pressure on myself beforehand. I'm very rational and I know that no one else puts pressure on me. It's all coming from myself. But that doesn't make it easier. I want to be really good, and sometimes it's overwhelming. I think that's what happened in Rio. I overwhelmed myself. I've always handled stress pretty well but I don't think I handled it well that year." (, 29 Jan 2020)

She has served as a member of the Athletes Advisory Commission for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. "Being a part of the commission for the LA Olympic bid was really exciting. I was pretty bummed that we didn't get [to host] 2024 [Olympic Games], but I'm still happy that it's coming in 2028." (, 01 Sep 2018; Deadspin YouTube channel, 24 Feb 2018)