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United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Open water


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
22 April 1994
178 cm
Malibu, CA, USA
Higher education
Political Science - Northwestern University: Evanston, IL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age nine. He took up open water swimming in his junior year at high school at Team Santa Monica in California, United States of America.
Why this sport?
He wanted to join a junior lifeguard camp but did not have the requisite qualifying time. It was then he asked his mother Wendy if he could join the local swim club. "I think I just saw it [open water swimming] as another opportunity to race, and being a distance swimmer, it was fun to try doing a 10k. For a long time, I wasn't very good [in open water swimming]; however, toward the end of high school I started to improve and have significant time drops and thought it would be an outside possibility to make the [Olympic] team. From there, I just worked to improve every day, year by year, and the possibility of making the team became more and more realistic."
Club / Team
Team Santa Monica: United States
Name of coach
Mohammad Khadembsahi [club]

General Interest

Reading, going to the beach, surfing. (, 19 May 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stick with it. Don't notice huge gains day by day, but keep working and you will see them over time. Have fun and just try to get better every day." (, 23 Sep 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he received the Fran Crippen Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year Award from USA Swimming for the second time, after previously winning in 2015. (, 17 Sep 2017;, 08 Oct 2015)

He was named Breakout Performer of the Year and won the Male Race of the Year Award at USA Swimming's 2015 Golden Goggle Awards. (, 23 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He represented the United States of America in swimming at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, finishing fourth in the 1500m. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Aug 2017)
He became the first swimmer to represent the United States of America in both swimming and open water swimming at the same Olympic Games. He competed in the 1500m in the pool and the 10km open water event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 18 Jul 2017;, 16 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 27 Sep 2019)

He is the first US swimmer to have won multiple medals in the 10km open water event at the world championships, claiming gold in 2015 and silver in 2017. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Feb 2020)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Alec has represented the United States of America in triathlon at World Cup events. (, 19 May 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 14 Feb 2020)
To compete in both the pool and open water at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 15 Jul 2019)