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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 September 1996
183 cm
Aalborg, DEN
Danish, English
Higher education
Medicine - Aalborg University: Denmark

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five at Svommeklubb Nord in Norresundby, Denmark.

General Interest

Miffy (Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2018)
Spending time at the beach, bowling. (Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2018)
She underwent knee surgery after the 2012 Olympic Games. She required a second operation in May 2013, which kept her out of the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (, 04 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Carpe diem." (Instagram profile,18 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was named Female Swimmer of the Year in Denmark. (Facebook page, 24 Nov 2017)

She was named Sportsperson of the Year in 2012 by the Danish newspaper Nordjyske. (Facebook page, 24 Nov 2017)

She was named Rookie of the Year in 2011 by the Danish newspaper Politiken. (Facebook page, 24 Nov 2017)
Famous relatives
Her father Benny Nielsen won a silver medal in the 200m butterfly at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Her mother Lone Jensen was also a swimmer and competed at the 1978 World Championships. (, 06 Apr 2011;, 28 Mar 2010)
Other information
She retired from competitive swimming in October 2020. (, 11 Oct 2020)

In April 2017 she took a break from the sport, citing a lack of motivation, and chose to miss the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She returned to competition in November 2017. (Facebook page, 11 Nov 2017;, 28 Apr 2017)

She has a genetic blood condition that causes elevated homocysteine [an amino acid] and increases the risk of blood clots. The condition cannot be cured, but can be managed. "Of course, I'm concerned. I cannot help thinking about it once in a while. I know it could be dangerous." (, 09 Nov 2016)