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Louise
Hansson
SwedenSweden, SWE
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 November 1996
Height
187 cm
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Swedish
Higher education
Economics - 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.
Club / Team
USC Trojans [USA] / Helsingborgs SS [SWE]:
Name of coach
Dave Salo [USC Trojans]; Ulrika Sandmark [national]

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)
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 coach at Helsingborgs SS in Sweden. Her younger brother Gustaf has also coached at Helsingborgs SS.(SportsDeskOnline, 09 Dec 2018; usctrojans.com, 03 Dec 2016; dn.se, 15 Jan 2016; fina.org, 26 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (usc.freshu.io, 06 Nov 2016)
Other information
MOVE ABROAD
In 2016 she began studying at the University of Southern California [USC] in the United States of America. "I have a Swedish friend in the international team. She graduated from here and she's always talking about USC and how great it is. When I started looking at schools, I wanted to attend a good academic school, and somewhere where the weather is good, since it's not that good in Sweden. I was also looking for a good swimming programme, with both men and women in it. So when I had those three things in mind, USC was my first choice." (usc.freshu.io, 06 Nov 2016)

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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