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Matt
Grevers
United States of AmericaUnited States of America, USA
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 March 1985
Height
203 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Annie, daughter Skyler [2016]
Residence
Tucson, AZ, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications - Northwestern University: Evanston, IL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five.
Why this sport?
His family was involved in water sports, as his mother was an elite swimmer and his father played water polo.
Club / Team
Tucson Ford Aquatics : United States

General Interest

Nicknames
Dutch [both his parents are from the Netherlands], Nu [the name of his character in the video game World of Warcraft]. (usaswimming.org, 03 Jul 2016)
Injuries
In June 2007 he fractured his knee cap. (timedfinals.com, 08 Jul 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is very much about getting out of it what you put into it. It's just you and the scoreboard. The time speaks for itself." (usaswimming.org, 19 Feb 2016)
Famous relatives
His sister Carolyn and his brother Andy were also swimmers. Carolyn swam for the University of Kansas and Andy competed for Northern Illinois University in the United States of America. His wife Annie Grevers [nee Chandler] was also a US swimmer. (usaswimming.org, 03 Jul 2016; teamusa.org, 14 Feb 2013; dailymail.co.uk, 14 Feb 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to have a career in commercial real estate and coaching. (teamusa.org, 30 Jun 2017; teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2017)
Other information
REAL ESTATE
He invested the money he received from USA Swimming for his four Olympic gold medals and two Olympic silver medals to purchase four residential real estate properties in Tucson, AZ, United States of America. He rents out the properties to students. "I guess I'm getting to the point where I could say, 'I'm in residential real estate and swim,' instead of vice versa." (nytimes.com, 23 Jul 2017; teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2017)

DUTCH HERITAGE
He was born in the United States of America but is also eligible for Dutch citizenship because his parents are from the Netherlands. He elected to represent the United States of America because it was the more challenging option. "I sometimes like easy routes but this is one challenge that I did want to undertake. I wanted it to mean something if I swam in the Olympics. I didn't want to just get handed a spot. A lot of people I've known will just try to represent a country they're barely related to. I don't think that's the true spirit of what the Olympics are all about. Because of what they did to get here and give me and my siblings what we have, it all means that much more to me. It's very special to all of us." (usaswimming.org, 19 Feb 2016; nytimes.com, 13 Jul 2008)