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Lotte FRIIS
Sport Swimming
NOC Denmark   
GenderWomen
Born09 Feb 1988 in Blovstrød, DEN
Height1.84 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Copenhagen, DEN
Languages
Danish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 1993 at the RAP Blovstrod club in Denmark.
International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Denmark
Location
Dublin, IRL
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 800m freestyle at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, claiming gold in the 800m freestyle at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, and securing two silver medals at the 2013 European Short Course Championships in Herning, Denmark. (tv2.dk, 25 Apr 2017)
Injuries
A shoulder injury and illness forced her to withdraw from the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 17 Nov 2014)

One of her legs is longer than the other, which causes discomfort in her knee. She had knee surgery in December 2005. (lottefriis.net, 01 Aug 2011; svoem.dk, 09 Jun 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you are only going to do something half-hearted, you might as well not do it." (svoem.dk, 09 Jun 2008)
Awards and honours
She was presented with the Danish Sports Name of the Year award in 2009. (dr.dk, 25 Apr 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2017 she announced her retirement from swimming. She planned to stay involved in the sport, working as a commentator in the media and as a coach. "I am proud of my career and proud of the results I have accomplished. I hope that I have left my mark in Danish elite swimming and that I have been a good role model for younger swimmers, and helped motivate and inspire a new generation of swimmers to believe in themselves and dare to dream. I'm saying goodbye to a sport that has meant the world to me. It has given me a career, great experiences and friends all over the world. It's definitely not been an easy decision for me but I know it's the right one." (Instagram profile, 06 Aug 2017; tv2.dk, 25 Apr 2017; swimswam.com, 25 Apr 2017)

AMERICAN ADVENTURE
She spent time training and competing in the United States of America from 2013 to 2016. "In American swimming there is so much competition just to get to a major tournament, so everybody shows up for training fully focused every single day. Failure to do so, and there are 10 others who bother and gain an advantage. At the same time, I have become more outgoing. I am with Americans, so I have had to. Over here they talk to strangers in the supermarket, and I just get used to it." (bt.dk, 20 Oct 2016, 30 Jul 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:07.13
7 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:24.50
4 2012 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:03.98 
5 2012 London, ENG 800m Freestyle 8:23.86 
6 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.45
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:08.47
3 2008 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:23.03
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 15:49.00
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:21.36
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 15:38.88
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle  DNS
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:16.32
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:04.68
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1500m Freestyle 15:49.59
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:18.20
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.74
1 2009 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:15.92
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
2 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 15:46.30
8 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Freestyle 4:07.62
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle  DNS
6 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 1500m Freestyle 16:20.82
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 800m Freestyle 8:37.16
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 400m Freestyle 4:12.99
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:06.78
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 1500m Freestyle 16:38.53
12 2005 Montreal, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:41.91 
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 200m Freestyle 2:03.63
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:20.14
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2012 Istanbul, TUR 800m Freestyle 8:10.99
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 400m Freestyle 4:05.67
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 1:56.17
7 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:47.04
4 2010 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:14.22
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:06.24
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle  DNS
14 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 200m Freestyle 2:01.87
5 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 800m Freestyle 8:27.18
6 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Freestyle 4:10.14
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2014 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:27.21
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 1500m Freestyle  DNS
7 2014 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:10.13
1 2010 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:23.27
1 2010 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 15:59.13
3 2010 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:07.10 
3 2008 Eindhoven, NED 1500m Freestyle 16:11.26
7 2008 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 4:10.38
5 2008 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:28.88
7 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:03.57
8 2006 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:40.61
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:20.72
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 2:05.38
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
7 2004 Madrid, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:48.51
13 2004 Madrid, ESP 200m Freestyle 2:03.03
8 2004 Madrid, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:17.23
9 2004 Madrid, ESP 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:18.72
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2013 Herning, DEN 800m Freestyle 8:08.68
2 2013 Herning, DEN 400m Freestyle 3:58.35
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle  DNS
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 800m Freestyle 8:10.24
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 400m Freestyle 3:58.85 
5 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Freestyle 1:56.83
8 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Freestyle 1:57.14
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 400m Freestyle 3:58.02
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 800m Freestyle 8:07.53
18 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle 1:58.39
2 2009 Istanbul, TUR 400m Freestyle 3:59.06
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 800m Freestyle 8:08.02
22 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Freestyle 1:59.25
3 2008 Rijeka, CRO 800m Freestyle 8:09.91
7 2008 Rijeka, CRO 400m Freestyle 4:03.24
14 2007 Debrecen, HUN 400m Freestyle 4:06.91
1 2007 Debrecen, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:12.27
9 2006 Helsinki, FIN 800m Freestyle 8:31.48
17 2006 Helsinki, FIN 400m Freestyle 4:11.27
29 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Freestyle 2:02.41
11 2005 Trieste, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:30.53
  2005 Trieste, ITA 200m Freestyle  DNS
  2005 Trieste, ITA 400m Freestyle  DNS
2 2004 Vienna, AUT 800m Freestyle 8:22.38
19 2004 Vienna, AUT 200m Freestyle 2:01.86
5 2004 Vienna, AUT 400m Freestyle 4:06.59
10 2003 Dublin, IRL 800m Freestyle 8:38.26
33 2003 Dublin, IRL 200m Freestyle 2:00.88
18 2003 Dublin, IRL 400m Freestyle 4:13.10
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2013 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:12.14
4 2013 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:00.91
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:09.84
4 2013 Eindhoven, NED 400m Freestyle 3:58.43
3 2012 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:22.04
6 2012 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:08.05
2 2012 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:25.96
3 2012 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 4:05.86
39 2011   Overall  
1 2011 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:16.99
2 2011 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:00.29
32 2010   Overall  
1 2010 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:20.66
2 2010 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 4:02.60
1 2009 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:04.61
1 2009 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:01.21
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:12.94
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:01.96
1 2009 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:07.94
2 2009 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 4:00.66
18 2008   Overall  
1 2008 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:14.41
2 2008 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:01.64
1 2008 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:14.99
1 2008 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 4:02.64
1 2007 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:20.63
1 2007 Stockholm, SWE 400m Freestyle 4:03.71
2 2004/2005 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:23.16
1 2004/2005 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:25.51
8 2002/2003 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:48.51