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Sarah Sjöström

Gold

3

Silver

1

Bronze

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Sweden SWE

Sarah Sjostrom has had a busy time behind her – and faces an equally busy time ahead. Maybe that is why moments spent at home in Stockholm mean so much to her. “I have the world’s best job and I love to travel, but Stockholm is my base and this is where I get the power and energy between championships, training camps and World Cup events,” says the year’s best female swimmer.

 

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

50m free
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

50m fly
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

100m fly
FINA World Championships

Silver Medal

100m free
World Records Long-course 100m free at Budapest (51.71)
World Records Long-course 50m free at Budapest (23.67)
World Records Short-course 50m free at Moscow (23.10)
World Records Short-course 100m free at Moscow (50.77)
World Records Short-course 100m free at Eindhoven (50.58)
World Records Short-course 200m free at Eindhoven (1:5.43)

Interview
Sarah Sjöström

“Some of the inner pressure disappeared”

One is probably that I took a long break after the Olympics in Rio. It gave both my head and body a chance to recover properly. Another thing is that over the years I have got some perspective on things. My main goal as an athlete was to win an Olympic gold medal, and when I achieved that in Rio, some of the inner pressure disappeared. Which means that I today can enjoy training and competition even more. I really think I have the world’s best and most fun job, and I want to continue to develop as a swimmer. Somehow it feels like after the Olympics I enjoy myself even more now when I come to a championship.

"I decide myself what competitions I want to go to"

Had it not been for the World Cup, I would have certainly taken a holiday throughout September, but now I needed to get started earlier. I may not be 100%, but it’ll be fun to race again. It is challenging to train in an environment with other top-class swimmers, and I have a lot to learn when it comes to changing the technique of my freestyle as we work on making my strokes longer and more effective. Johan is writing my sessions but I choose the time for doing my strength workouts. And if I miss a workout in the pool, I can make up for it at a time that suits me. Now I also decide myself what competitions I want to go to.