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Sarah
Sjöström
SwedenSweden, SWE
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
17 August 1993
Height
182 cm
Family
Partner Johan de Jong Skierus
Residence
Stockholm, SWE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Swedish, English

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
She tried football and handball before she was introduced to swimming by one of her friends. "When I first started, I didn't like swimming. I hated getting water in my goggles. I didn't like being cold, so I used to hide in the showers."
Club / Team
Sodertorn Simsallskap [SWE] / Energy Standard Swim Club [TUR]:
Name of coach
James Gibson [Energy Standard], GBR; Johan Wallberg [personal], SWE

General Interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends, climbing. (swimswam.com, 19 Sep 2017; simlandslaget.se, 09 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sarahsjostrom.se, 22 Aug 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (simlandslaget.se, 09 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She had a thumb injury in August 2018. (SwimSwam YouTube channel, 09 Aug 2018)

She had tonsillitis in the month leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (aftonbladet.se, 21 Nov 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't limit your challenge, challenge your limit." (sjostromsarah.se, 07 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours
SShe was named 2017 and 2019 Female Swimmer of the Year by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (fina.org, 09 Jun 2020; 02 Dec 2017)

She was named 2018 European Female Swimmer of the Year at Swammy awards. (swimswam.com, 01 Jan 2019)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at the Swedish Sport Awards. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2019)

In 2017 and 2018 she was named Female Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (mundodeportivo.com, 15 Feb 2019; swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

She was named 2017 European Female Athlete of the Year by the Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC]. (gp.se, 02 Nov 2017)

She was named Best Female Swimmer at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 04 Oct 2017)

She was presented with Sweden's Jerring Sports Achievement Award in 2015 and 2016. (sarahsjostrom.se, 22 Aug 2017; swimswam.com, 20 Jan 2015)
Milestones
She became Sweden's first female Olympic swimming champion with her victory in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nbcolympics.com, 08 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fina.org, 09 Jun 2020)
Other information
SHOW OF SUPPORT
After winning a silver in 100m butterfly at 2019 World Championship in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, she and other winners offered words of support written on their hands to Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, who was at the time suffering from leukaemia. "We wanted to send her a message to show her she was deep in our thoughts. We hope her recovery goes as smoothly as possible so she can return quickly to doing what she loves." (olympic.org, 16 Aug 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is an ambassador for Project Playground, a Swedish non-profit organisation aimed at increasing opportunities for children and young people through organised activity, sports and social activities. (expressen.se, 27 Nov 2016)