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Simon SJÖDIN
Sport Swimming
NOC Sweden   
GenderMen
Born04 Oct 1986 in Stockholm, SWE
Height1.92 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
His parents took him to a local swimming pool as a child to learn to swim. At age 13 he realised he wanted to pursue swimming seriously. "I was working on a number of sports when I was young but because of the swimming club I was active in, swimming stuck for me."
General Interest
Most influential person in career
His grandmother. (simlandslaget.se, 08 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammad Ali, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (arla.se, 01 Jan 2016; simforbundet.se, 07 Feb 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Clear eyes, full heart, can't lose." (simforbundet.se, 07 Feb 2008)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year in Sweden. (jnytt.se, 05 Feb 2015)
Famous relatives
His older brother Samba has represented Sweden in swimming at junior level, and competed at the 2003 European Junior Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (sn.se, 14 Aug 2012; SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2020)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from the sport after competing at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "My swimming career has come to an end. But we got a lot of good stuff in the making. Thank you swimming." (Instagram profile, 23 May 2021)

RENEWED MOTIVATION
In 2017 he relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark, following a disappointing performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I made a decision. Just leaving what is for me the world's best city, Stockholm, and moving down to Copenhagen was a big decision. I had a serious chat with the coach there and he said that if you go with full heart you can definitely get back to where you were. I needed someone who believed in me, who really invested in me. That is what has changed. I have come back to the 'Warrior-Simon'. When I moved, I received a new motivation, I was excited when I came to workouts and found new opportunities to develop my technique. Now I love swimming again." (aftonbladet.se, 31 Jul 2018)

ADHD DIAGNOSIS
In early 2019 he was diagnosed with ADHD [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder]. He received the diagnosis after his swimming team doctor Rene Tour suggested he seek medical advice. "I am grateful that he grabbed me and said it, I had never gone and looked it up myself. It has helped me in my working life, there is better structure and organisation on me now. Now that I have been diagnosed I have started to organise myself and write down what I should do during the day and get it done. Then I'm done. Instead of just taking it at random." (sn.se, 22 Jul 2019)

RETIREMENT PLANS
He initially planned to retire following the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, but after he failed to qualify for the event he decided to continue his career. In July 2019 he announced that the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, would be his last appearance at the event. Four months later he announced his return to the sport with a view to competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I'm in my bonus years as a swimmer [speaking in 2019]. I know this is my absolute last world championships [2019]. I made a decision. I will be going for the Tokyo Olympics." (tellerreport.com, 09 Nov 2019; svt.se, 23 Jul 2019; sn.se, 22 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Butterfly 1:56.71
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley 2:00.81
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Butterfly 1:57.75
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Individual Medley 2:00.67
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 53.70
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 53.40
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:59.06
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:27.09
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Individual Medley 4:21.74
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Individual Medley 1:59.79
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly  DNS
Heats 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Backstroke 56.06
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:01.60
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 52.27
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Butterfly 1:57.01
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.41
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 53.02
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:59.35
6 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 52.83 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.47
9 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:28.03
7 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:34.40
8 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Individual Medley 1:56.31
5 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Individual Medley 52.63
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke  DSQ
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:56.36
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:55.21
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley  DNS
8 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:11.29
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 53.45
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:02.30
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 2:00.45
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 53.64
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:36.00
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:02.83
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 53.64
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Butterfly  DNS
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:40.78
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:20.09
5 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:00.70
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:39.69
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:03.89
Semifinal 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 53.00
5 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:00.11
Heats 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 56.40
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 2:06.83
8 2008 Eindhoven, NED 200m Butterfly 1:58.90
3 2008 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:36.85
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 57.18
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:05.59
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 200m Butterfly 2:03.15
  2006 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Butterfly  DNS
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Individual Medley 53.59
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Individual Medley 1:55.05
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  
8 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.94
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Butterfly 1:54.59
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 400m Individual Medley 4:05.06
7 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 1:54.79
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Butterfly 1:52.89
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.60
2 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Individual Medley 1:54.28
5 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Butterfly 1:52.97
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:46.98
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.09
18 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Individual Medley 1:58.53
9 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Butterfly 1:54.23
17 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Freestyle 1:45.47
23 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Butterfly 1:59.52
30 2006 Helsinki, FIN 100m Backstroke 55.94
47 2006 Helsinki, FIN 200m Freestyle 1:50.92
9 2006 Helsinki, FIN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.56
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2012 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 53.87
4 2012 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 1:58.77
4 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Butterfly 1:57.13
5 2012 Dubai, UAE 200m Individual Medley 1:59.00
4 2012 Dubai, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.19
5 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Individual Medley 53.34
4 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 1:56.91
34 2010   Overall  
2 2010 Stockholm, SWE 200m Butterfly 1:54.41
3 2010 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 1:56.13
2 2008 Durban, RSA 200m Butterfly 1:55.74
3 2008 Durban, RSA 100m Butterfly 52.66