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Pernille BLUME
Sport Swimming
NOC Denmark   
GenderWomen
Born14 May 1994 in Lyngby, DEN
Height1.70 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Florent Manaudou
Residence
Marseille, FRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Danish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
"I started swimming only because I had to learn to swim. My brother used to swim as well and he got into more competitive swimming. And I just wanted to do everything he did."
Club / Team
CN Marseille [FRA] / SIGMA Swim [DEN]:
Name of coach
Stefan Hansen [national], DEN
General Interest
Hobbies
Yoga, reading. (danishendurance.com, 17 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (International Swimming League Youtube channel, 04 Nov 2019; danishendurance.com, 17 Sep 2020)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Rebecca Soni. (ol.dk, 22 Aug 2011)
Injuries
In December 2020 she suffered a fractured wrist after her partner Florent Manaudou attempted to lift her. She returned to swimming after six weeks' recovery. (seoghoer.dk, 27 Nov, 2021, 27 Mar 2021)

She had a blood clot in her brain and also underwent surgery on a small hole in her heart in January 2019. (swimswam.com, 12 Feb 2019; ekstrabladet.dk, 09 Nov 2019)

She broke her little finger five days after resuming training following her heart surgery. (swimswam.com Youtube, 3 Jun 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the Medal of the City of Porto-Vecchio in Corsica, France. (journal-lepetitcorse.fr, 22 Aug 2020)

She was named the 2016 Sports Name of the Year in Denmark. (dr.dk, 07 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Florent Manaudou has represented France in swimming. He won gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and silver in the same event at the 2016 and 2020 Games. He also claimed silver in the 4x100m freestyle at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Nov 2021; journal-lepetitcorse.fr, 22 Aug 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (underholdning.tv2.dk, 19 Nov 2021)
Other information
MEDICAL DIFFICULTIES
In 2019 she returned to the pool after recovering from a blood clot in her brain and surgery on a small hole in her heart. "It was really difficult when I came back. I was operated on in January [2019] and it was really hard to return. My coaches quit their jobs, so I had to move. There's been a lot of changes and adaptations to get used to. But I'm happy where I am at now [speaking in November 2019]." (International Swimming League Youtube channel, 04 Nov 2019; ekstrabladet.dk, 09 Nov 2019)

ROLE MODEL
She says she has felt greater responsibility to be a role model after winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I got a different voice after the Olympics, suddenly a lot of people wanted to hear what I was saying. I remember saying a prayer after the Olympics that went something like this - 'Please universe, help me use this Olympic medal in a way that helps lift other people, that inspires people and may it be greater than myself and serve a greater purpose'. I felt so grateful for my medal and my newfound voice, and I will never take that for granted." However, she admitted she has not always found it easy to deal with the added media attention. "I know very well that there is nothing to be afraid of, but there is something in me that set up a filter for protection. After interviews I've always thought about what comes afterwards. Have I said too much? Can it be written in a way that gets misunderstood? Will it become a new headline?" (underholdning.tv2.dk, 19 Nov 2021; danishendurance.com, 17 Sep 2020)

TV APPEARANCE
In 2021 she appeared on the television show 'Vild med dans', the Danish version of 'Dancing with the Stars'. She reached the final and finished in third place. "As intense as it had been heading towards the Olympics, it is just as nice to be able to put swimming completely on the shelf for a while and just dive into something else completely, wildly intense." (underholdning.tv2.dk, 27 Nov 2021, 19 Nov 2021; swamswam.com, 26 Oct 2021)

BREAK
She took a break from swimming at the start of 2016, and returned to the sport in time to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "It was a really difficult time and I had to figure out how to enjoy what I am doing. It was really important for me to take some time out and just clear my head and come back to the pool with new energy." (ONS, 14 Aug 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 53.26
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.21
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.70
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 24.07
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 54.19
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
24 2012 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 2:00.91
Heats 2012 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 55.04
Heats 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 25.54
6 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.45
7 2012 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.76
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 24.12
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly  DNS
3 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 52.69
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.00
8 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 54.60
Semifinal 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.93
5 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.61
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Freestyle 54.68
Semifinal 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 25.01
Heats 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Freestyle 1:59.96
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 100m Freestyle 55.14
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
8 2011 Shanghai, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.74
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 52.90
Semifinal 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 24.35
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.04
1 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.86
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.86
3 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.48
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 54.74
1 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:49.87
3 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.51
7 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:47.04
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 25.09
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 54.65
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:59.02
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.17
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.81
10 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 54.71
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 23.75 
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.03
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.69
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 54.91
5 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:39.57
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 25.12
4 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 54.15
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.62
  2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 23.73
5 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 52.05
4 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.33
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.02
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.24
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 51.63
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 23.49
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:36.02
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.03
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.00
9 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 53.37
1 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.04
9 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Freestyle 24.52
6 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.51
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.81
6 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Freestyle 54.09
5 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:39.41 
6 2012 Chartres, FRA 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.14 
28 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Freestyle 1:59.90
5 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Freestyle 53.20
8 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Freestyle 24.70
1 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.48
2 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.63
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
49 2018   Overall Ranking  
7 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Butterfly 26.13
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.39
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.99
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 23.75
4 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 52.19
3 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 23.67
4 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 25.66
4 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 52.04
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 52.11
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.81
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 25.83
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.92
5 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.59
4 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Freestyle 51.94
8 2017 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 25.96
4 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 23.73
7 2012 Berlin, GER 50m Freestyle 25.23
8 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 54.98
2 2012 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.98