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Louise
Hansson
SwedenSweden, SWE
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 November 1996
Height
187 cm
Residence
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Higher education
Business Administration, Marketing - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began attending swimming classes in 2001.
Why this sport?
Her father was a swimmer and introduced her to swimming. “He wanted his kids to be able to swim all four strokes and we weren't allowed to quit swimming until we knew how to swim all four of them. At that point, we were all stuck, so me and my two siblings are all swimmers now.”
Club / Team
Loughborough University: England
Name of coach
Andi Manley [club]; Ian Hulme [club]

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (hssim.com, 24 May 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar. (hssim.com, 2016)
Injuries
She had shoulder pain during the months prior to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (latimes.com, 14 Feb 2019)

In late-2014 she suffered from tonsillitis. (hd.se, 18 Nov 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She goes silent 20 minutes before her race. “I always go in my little bubble before a race. It's like I can't really describe what's going on in my head because I don't even know. Before the race, I try to focus in on the race and what I need to do." (latimes.com, 14 Feb 2019; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It does not matter what the conditions are or who is in the race. You always swim against yourself." (hd.se, 11 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
During her collegiate career at University of Southern California, she was named the 2020 Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year and received the University of Southern California's 2020 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal for the greatest combination of scholarship, athletics and leadership. (usctrojans.com, 01 Aug 2020; 11 Jun 2020; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Sophie has also represented Sweden in swimming, including at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her father Lars-Olof has worked as a coach at Helsingborgs SS in Sweden. Her younger brother Gustaf has also swam at Helsingborgs SS. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Dec 2018; usctrojans.com, 03 Dec 2016; dn.se, 15 Jan 2016; fina.org, 26 Jul 2019; collegeswimming.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (usc.freshu.io, 06 Nov 2016)
Other information
FURTHER STUDY
In 2020 she started her master's degree in international business at Loughborough University in England. “As I wrap up my four years at University of Southern California, I'm so excited to start a new chapter and move to England. I have loved being able to combine academics and athletics, so I am super grateful to have the opportunity to continue my studies as well as compete at a high level at Loughborough University. I'm just happy to be able to do a master's. It's not possible in the US [to swim collegiately while doing a graduate degree], and in Sweden, there's really no schools where you can combine sport and school on any level after high school.” (LinkedIn profile, 11 Aug 2020; swimswam.com, 22 Apr 2020)

RELATIONSHIP WITH SISTER
Her younger sister Sophie has also represented Sweden in swimming, including at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “We've always swam together. We're both lucky, she's a breaststroker and I do everything except for breaststroke, which is really nice because we actually don't compete against each other. Swimming in relays together is so much fun." (fina.org, 26 Jul 2019)

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