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Rikke Møller PEDERSEN
Sport Swimming
NOC Denmark   
GenderWomen
Born09 Jan 1989 in Odense, DEN
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Nicolai
Residence
Kolding, DEN
Languages
Danish, English
Higher education
Leisure Management - University College Absalon: Roskilde, DEN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six.
International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Denmark
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, claiming gold in the 200m at the 2012 World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and setting a world record in the 200m breaststroke at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (VM Media Guide, 01 Jul 2017)
Injuries
In 2018 scans revealed ligament damage in her right shoulder. (bt.dk, 13 Nov 2018)

She was troubled by pain in her right leg after competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bt.dk, 13 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
She received an acknowledgement from the city of Kolding, Denmark, in 2018. (jv.dk, 07 Sep 2018)

In 2009 she won the Arets Prize, the oldest sporting award in Denmark. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 01 Feb 2010)

He received the Olympic Hope Award at the 2009 Danish Sports Awards. (about.bestseller.com, 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Nicolai Sehested is a Danish international sailor who has taken part in the round-the-globe sailing competition Volvo Ocean Race. (jv.dk, 07 Sep 2018; volvooceanrace.com, 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 06 Aug 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive swimming in January 2019. "It is with the same uncertain steps but with the same will, the same courage and the same indomitable determination that I started my swimming career at the time and focused my efforts on achieving my dreams that today I announce that I am stopping my career as a professional swimmer." (swimswam.com, 14 Jan 2019)

MOTIVATION
She says she is not motivated by her times while swimming but would prefer to reach technical perfection in her stroke. "The world record [in 2013] has built an illusion in my environment about how I should be and it was as an unrealistic illusion. Swimming became meaningless and I felt really demotivated because everything was about times and hundredths of seconds. I'd rather be remembered for having perfect technique than for having set a world record. Times are beaten. In a few years they will probably swim faster than we do today. But I think that if they talk about there was once one who looked like a dolphin in the water, I may have made my mark and I may have made a difference." (hellehein.dk, 13 Aug 2018)

OTHER ROLES
She has served as a coach at the Danish National Training Centre [NTC] in Bellahoj, Denmark. (vamdrup.dk, 07 Sep 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Breaststroke 2:23.74
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Breaststroke 1:07.07
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
8 2012 London, ENG 100m Breaststroke 1:07.55 
4 2012 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:21.65 
7 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.76
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:24.51
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.92
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 31.29
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:07.42
3 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:22.76
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Breaststroke 31.48
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.61
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:20.08
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:05.93
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Breaststroke 30.72
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:26.56
Semifinal 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Breaststroke 32.07
6 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.28
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Breaststroke 2:23.34
6 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Breaststroke 1:06.38
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 50m Breaststroke 31.23
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:04.84
3 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:17.83
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 30.42
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.04
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.86
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:16.08
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 1:04.05
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 30.00
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:49.87
3 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Breaststroke 2:18.82
4 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Breaststroke 1:04.80
Semifinal 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Breaststroke 30.65
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Breaststroke 2:24.73
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Breaststroke 1:07.96
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Breaststroke 31.70
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.69
1 2016 London, ENG 200m Breaststroke 2:21.69
1 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:19.84
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 31.32
1 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:06.23
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.62
3 2010 Budapest, HUN 200m Breaststroke 2:24.99
13 2010 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 31.98 
2 2010 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.36
4 2010 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:04.81
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 1:06.65
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 30.39
Heats 2008 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:12.07
Semifinal 2008 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 32.81
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 31.47
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:13.29
Heats 2006 Budapest, HUN 50m Breaststroke 32.86
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.22
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Breaststroke 30.44
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:21.15
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.00
5 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Breaststroke 29.87
2 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Breaststroke 2:15.21
3 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Breaststroke 1:04.39
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.81
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 200m Breaststroke 2:17.26
1 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Breaststroke 1:04.12 AR
2 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Breaststroke 30.25
5 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Breaststroke 30.81
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Breaststroke 2:19.55
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Breaststroke 1:05.23
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.48
  2009 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke  DSQ
7 2009 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 30.29
1 2009 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:16.66
5 2009 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.43
6 2008 Rijeka, CRO 50m Breaststroke 30.73
8 2008 Rijeka, CRO 100m Breaststroke 1:07.48
7 2008 Rijeka, CRO 200m Breaststroke 2:25.93
4 2008 Rijeka, CRO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:47.55
28 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Backstroke 29.38
21 2007 Debrecen, HUN 50m Breaststroke 32.01
25 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Breaststroke 1:09.38
19 2007 Debrecen, HUN 100m Individual Medley 1:03.64
8 2007 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:52.09
29 2004 Vienna, AUT 100m Breaststroke 1:11.33
19 2004 Vienna, AUT 50m Breaststroke 32.58
28 2004 Vienna, AUT 200m Breaststroke 2:36.35
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.77
7 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Breaststroke 31.04
7 2017   Overall  
8 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:14.09
3 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:20.11
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Breaststroke 30.58
2 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:19.52
5 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:05.89
2 2017 Doha, QAT 100m Breaststroke 1:05.55
4 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:11.39
1 2017 Doha, QAT 200m Breaststroke 2:18.86
2 2017 Doha, QAT 50m Breaststroke 30.32
6 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:05.59
3 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 30.25
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.28
7 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.88
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:19.19
2 2017 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Breaststroke 30.50
6 2017 Moscow, RUS 50m Breaststroke 30.71
1 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:19.84
3 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 30.32
2 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 1:05.43
5 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.65
5 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Individual Medley 1:00.32
1 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:18.29
20 2013   Overall  
1 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:15.93
1 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:03.74
2 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Breaststroke 30.00
2 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Breaststroke 1:04.11
4 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Breaststroke 30.11
1 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Breaststroke 2:17.05
22 2012   Overall  
2 2011 Berlin, GER 100m Breaststroke 1:05.64
3 2011 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:20.91
3 2010 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 1:05.83
1 2010 Stockholm, SWE 200m Breaststroke 2:20.39
25 2009   Overall  
3 2009 Berlin, GER 200m Breaststroke 2:18.30 AR
1 2009 Moscow, RUS 200m Breaststroke 2:19.58
2 2009 Moscow, RUS 100m Breaststroke 1:04.43 AR
2 2009 Stockholm, SWE 100m Breaststroke 1:04.52
2 2009 Stockholm, SWE 200m Breaststroke 2:18.73