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Kristel
Köbrich
ChileChile, CHI
Female
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 August 1985
Height
171 cm
Residence
Córdoba, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Spanish

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age nine at the German elementary school she attended in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
Her older sisters competed in swimming and she showed potential when she accompanied them to training.
Club / Team
Club Municipalidad: Córdoba, ARG
Name of coach
Daniel Garimaldi [personal], ARG, from 2003

General Interest

Nicknames
Pequena [small or 'shorty' in Spanish because at her first swimming club all the other girls were older than her], La Alemana, Cobra (diario.elmercurio.com, 23 Apr 2015; feeds.univision.com, 20 Oct 2011; kristelkobrich.com, 15 Dec 2010)
Hobbies
Sports, reading, watching television and films, cooking. (eldeportetienevoz.cl, 10 Apr 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth in the 1500m freestyle at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her coach, and her family. (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Give 100% and enjoy." (Athlete, 11 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2009 she was named Best Athlete by the Chilean Sports Press Association. (feeds.univision.com, 20 Oct 2011)

She was selected as the Chilean flag bearer for the opening ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (natacionchilena.cl, 15 Jul 2004)
Other information
PSYCHOLOGICAL FOCUS
After competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro she decided that she needed to switch her focus to psychological preparation. "In Rio I did not like how I competed or the result. That same afternoon I spoke with Daniel Garimaldi [coach], and we decided I needed changes regarding the psychological aspect of swimming. For these changes it will take time but I do not want to give races away." (farodeportivo.cl, 13 Jan 2017)

RETURN TO OPEN WATER
She returned to open water swimming in 2015, after her last competition in the discipline in 2009. (deporteolimpico.cl, 04 Jun 2013; prensa-latina.cu, 06 Jul 2015)

NATIONAL FIRSTS
She became the first Chilean swimmer to win a medal at the Pan American Games, following her bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (feeds.univision.com, 20 Oct 2011; SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jun 2018)