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Mary
Killman
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 April 1991
Height
168 cm
Family
Partner George
Residence
McKinney, TX, USA
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration - Lindenwood University: Saint Charles, MO, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up synchronised swimming at age 11 in Irving, TX, United States of America.
Why this sport?
Her friend Claire Evans introduced her to the sport. "I hadn't any idea what she was talking about, but after going to see a competition of hers I was hooked. There was water, there was dancing, there was music. It looked like something the average person couldn't do, and I love a challenge."

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
United States

General Interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." [author Vivian Greene] (lindenwoodlionssls.com, 2013; marykillman.com, 04 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named USA Synchro Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. (lindenwoodlionssls.com, 23 Sep 2014)
Famous relatives
Her partner George Bancroft is a three time US national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling. (Facebook profile, 10 Nov 2016)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive synchronised swimming in April 2016 after winning her fifth straight US national title. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 09 Apr 2016)

HERITAGE
She is a registered member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a Native American tribe based in Oklahoma, United States of America. (lindenwoodlionssls.com, 2013; marykillman.com, 04 Jun 2012)

EARLY INTRODUCTION TO THE WATER
She began swimming at an early age and was competing by age five. "My mum nearly drowned when she was eight, so she was determined that no child of hers was ever going to have such a scare." (marykillman.com, 04 Jun 2012)