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Kylie MASSE
Sport Swimming
NOC Canada   
GenderWomen
Born18 Jan 1996 in Windsor, CAN
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
LaSalle, ON, CAN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Toronto: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim as a young girl in LaSalle, ON, Canada, and started competing at about age 10. "I was a little bit of a klutz - not exactly anyone's prediction of an Olympian."
Why this sport?
She was involved in ice hockey [winter] and football [summer], before focusing on swimming. "I think any athletic experiences develop the foundation of agility and skills. There are skills, like strength and power, that you'd develop over time in one sport that would help in another sport as well. For those years I was playing soccer, hockey and swimming, I really liked doing them all. I liked being active." Her parents encouraged her to take up swimming. She joined her local swimming team after attending a summer swim programme with her siblings. "[Sport in my family] was all about balance. Sport was a huge thing, but so was school and there was an equal amount of hard work dedicated to both."
Club / Team
Toronto Swim Club: Canada
Name of coach
Ben Titley [national], GBR
Training Regime
She trains at the High Performance Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada.
General Interest
Nicknames
Ky (olympic.ca, 01 Sep 2018)
Hobbies
Travel, dancing. (olympic.ca, 06 Oct 2020, 01 Sep 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the 100m backstroke at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (olympic.ca, 06 Oct 2020; cbc.ca, 16 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Canadian trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan. (ONS, 09 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I try to really focus on myself and not think about what other people are thinking or what other people are saying. I bring it back to just having confidence in my training, confidence in myself and my support team around me. There are a lot of small technical things in swimming that take a while to nail and be consistent with, so I just continue to practise those, and they become a habit." (csiontario.ca, 10 Dec 2019; csiontario.ca, 10 Dec 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Swimming Canada's Female Swimmer of the Year. She also won the award in 2018 and 2017. (cbc.ca, 10 Dec 2019)

In 2019 she concluded her college swimming career at the University of Toronto as the U Sports Swimmer of the Year for the fourth consecutive season. (mcgillathletics.ca, 23 Feb 2019)

In 2018 she won the Canadian Commonwealth Excellence Award after her performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (swimming.ca, 01 Sep 2019)
Milestones
In 2019 she became the first Canadian swimmer to defend a world championship title when she won gold in the 100m backstroke, two years after claiming her first world title in the event at the 2017 edition of the tournament. Her gold medal at the 2017 edition had made her the first Canadian female swimmer to win a gold medal at the world championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Feb 2020; olympic.ca, 01 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. (thestar.com, 05 Aug 2021)
Other information
STUDENT-ATHLETE IN CANADA
She decided to stay in Canada to attend university rather than go to the United States of America and compete under the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] programme. "Growing up so close to the US, I think I was heavily influenced to go there and a lot of swimmers on my club team before me had gone. I went on four official recruit trips and then I decided to visit both University of British Columbia [UBC] and University of Toronto [U of T] in Canada. I wanted to ensure I was going to a school with good academics, as well as athletics, and after visiting U of T, I really enjoyed the atmosphere and I saw the resources available and great coaching staff and team. It wasn't too far from home for me, it wasn't too close, so it kind of was the perfect fit." (olympic.ca, 06 Oct 2020)

RIO BET WITH COACH
Before she swam the 100m backstroke final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she and coach Byron MacDonald made a bet that if she could top MacDonald's sixth-place finish at the 1972 Games in Munich, he would buy her a pair of tickets to see Canadian hip-hop star Drake in Toronto. "That was our little running joke." After she won bronze, MacDonald made good on the bet, and she went to see Drake later that year with her friend and teammate Penny Oleksiak. (utoronto.ca, 19 Sep 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 57.72
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 2:05.42
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:52.60
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 58.76
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2022 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:08.00
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 58.40
1 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.31
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.01
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 2:06.62
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 58.60
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:53.58
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.06
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:07.04
1 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 58.10
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.64
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.86
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.25
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Backstroke 2:02.07
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Backstroke 55.22
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Backstroke 25.62
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Butterfly  DNS
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:47.36
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.16
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Backstroke 56.24
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 26.46
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley DNS
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.00
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
37 2021   Overall Ranking  
3 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 56.31
3 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 2:04.53
3 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 25.96