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Michelle
Coleman
SwedenSweden, SWE
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
31 October 1993
Height
186 cm
Weight
74 kg
Residence
Stockholm, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Swedish

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age nine.
Club / Team
Sparvagens SF: Sweden
Name of coach
Johan Wallberg [national], SWE; Ulrika Sandmark [national]

General Interest

Nicknames
Micha (dn.se, 08 Nov 2015)
Hobbies
Cooking, travelling, crafts. (Instagram profile, 05 Aug 2018; simlandslaget.se, 23 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (simlandslaget.se, 23 Jul 2017)
Injuries
A shoulder injury ruled her out of the 2018 Swim Open in Stockholm, Sweden, and the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (helagotland.se, 03 Aug 2018; dn.se, 05 Apr 2018)

She has suffered from shoulder pain during her career. (dn.se, 04 Feb 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Have fun and enjoy it." (simlandslaget.se, 23 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Best Female Newcomer at the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark. (zwemza.com, 16 Dec 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She considered retiring from the sport following a poor performance at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, but was convinced to reconsider by her national teammate Sarah Sjostrom. "I was talking to Sarah after the World Championships and I remember I asked her, 'How did you do it?'. I have the world's best sounding board really. She has gone through everything, even those times when she missed the boat and disappointment at the [2012] London Olympics so I usually think I'm four years after Sarah in development. Now it was my turn to have the disappointment and learn from it. She said it was only when she did not take it so heavily and let go [of the disappointment] it started to go well. And I know, I knew that before Budapest too. But it's hard, I'm not a person who doesn't take things seriously." (expressen.se, 14 Dec 2017)