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Louise HANSSON
Sport Swimming
NOC Sweden   
GenderWomen
Born24 Nov 1996 in Helsingborg, SWE
Height1.87 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sweden
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Higher education
Business Administration, Marketing - University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began attending swimming classes in 2001.
Why this sport?
Her father was a swimmer and introduced her to swimming. "He wanted his kids to be able to swim all four strokes and we weren't allowed to quit swimming until we knew how to swim all four of them. At that point, we were all stuck, so me and my two siblings are all swimmers now."
Club / Team
Loughborough University [ENG] / Helsingborgs SS [SWE]:
Name of coach
Andi Manley [Loughborough University]; Ian Hulme [Loughborough University]; Ulrika Sandmark [national], SWE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 4x100m medley relay at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (hssim.com, 24 May 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar. (hssim.com, 2016)
Injuries
She had shoulder pain during the months prior to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (latimes.com, 14 Feb 2019)

In late 2014 she suffered from tonsillitis. (hd.se, 18 Nov 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She goes silent 20 minutes before her race. "I always go in my little bubble before a race. It's like I can't really describe what's going on in my head because I don't even know. Before the race, I try to focus in on the race and what I need to do." (latimes.com, 14 Feb 2019; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It does not matter what the conditions are or who is in the race. You always swim against yourself." (hd.se, 11 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
During her collegiate career at University of Southern California, she was named the 2020 Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year and received the University of Southern California's 2020 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Medal for the greatest combination of scholarship, athletics and leadership. (usctrojans.com, 01 Aug 2020; 11 Jun 2020; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 24 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Sophie has represented Sweden in swimming, including at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020. Her father Lars-Olof has worked as a coach at Helsingborgs SS in Sweden. Her younger brother Gustaf has also swam at Helsingborgs SS. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Dec 2021; usctrojans.com, 03 Dec 2016; dn.se, 15 Jan 2016; fina.org, 26 Jul 2019; collegeswimming.com, 01 Jan 2020)
Other information
FURTHER STUDY
In September 2020 she started her master's degree in international business at Loughborough University in England. "As I wrap up my four years at University of Southern California [in May 2020], I'm so excited to start a new chapter and move to England. I have loved being able to combine academics and athletics, so I am super grateful to have the opportunity to continue my studies as well as compete at a high level at Loughborough University. I'm just happy to be able to do a master's. It's not possible in the US [to swim collegiately while doing a graduate degree], and in Sweden, there's really no schools where you can combine sport and school on any level after high school." (LinkedIn profile, 06 Mar 2021; aquainspiration.se, 26 Jan 2021; SwimSwam YouTube channel, 26 Oct 2020; swimswam.com, 22 Apr 2020)

RELATIONSHIP WITH SISTER
Her younger sister Sophie has also represented Sweden in swimming, including at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020. "We've always swam together. We're both lucky, she's a breaststroker and I do everything except for breaststroke, which is really nice because we actually don't compete against each other. Swimming in relays together is so much fun." (fina.org, 26 Jul 2019)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 56.22
  2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke DNS
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.27
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.69
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Butterfly 59.73
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley 2:15.66
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.90
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:50.26
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 56.48
21 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 28.67
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.96
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 57.16
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 29.12
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke  DNS
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 26.10
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.39
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.33
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 58.86
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.55
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:14.49
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:59.34
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.71
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.24
8 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:27.09
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:50.24
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Butterfly 1:00.11
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 26.71
4 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.56
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:02.83
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Butterfly 55.10
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Backstroke 55.20
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Backstroke 25.86
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.38
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:46.20
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.80
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.54
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 2:10.94
Heats 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Individual Medley 1:00.98
7 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:43.44
4 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:51.64
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Butterfly 57.79
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Freestyle  DNS
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 25.97
8 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 53.65
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:00.44
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Rome, ITA 100m Backstroke DNS
1 2022 Rome, ITA 100m Butterfly 56.66
5 2022 Rome, ITA 50m Butterfly 25.91
2 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.29
1 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:55.25
3 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.40 
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:27.30
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.15
6 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 1:00.04
3 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 57.56
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:56.54
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:38.72
6 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 57.99
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 26.54
25 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 55.81
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:43.17
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.53
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Butterfly 59.85
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Individual Medley 2:17.69
Heats 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 56.06
4 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:27.26
5 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Medley Relay 4:03.31
3 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:37.84
6 2016 London, ENG 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:55.74
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 2:14.11
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 58.79
Semifinal 2014 Berlin, GER 200m Freestyle 1:59.80
Heats 2014 Berlin, GER 100m Freestyle 55.06
2 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:51.03
1 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.82
2 2014 Berlin, GER 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.72
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Butterfly 1:01.00
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Freestyle 26.37
2 2012 Debrecen, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 56.56
Semifinal 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 53.19
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Freestyle 25.18
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.92
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.27
3 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Individual Medley 2:07.96
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Individual Medley 59.60
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 57.16
6 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Backstroke 57.74
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle  DNS
5 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.14
2 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.34
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Freestyle 54.57
2 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.08
Semifinals 2013 Herning, DEN 50m Butterfly 26.33
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 200m Freestyle  DNS
8 2013 Herning, DEN 100m Butterfly 57.81
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
3 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.08
Heats 2013 Herning, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.09
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
28 2021   Overall Ranking  
2 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 58.33
1 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 56.03
2 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 55.49
4 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 26.07
5 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 25.57
8 2019 Tokyo, JPN 50m Butterfly 26.42
1 2019 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 57.92
5 2013 Moscow, RUS 200m Individual Medley 2:11.18
5 2013 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:06.95
6 2013 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 1:00.96
2 2012 Berlin, GER 100m Butterfly 57.55
3 2012 Berlin, GER 50m Butterfly 26.55
2 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Butterfly 57.76
6 2012 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 1:00.87
6 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Freestyle 1:57.60
6 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Individual Medley 2:11.05
7 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Freestyle 54.73
7 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Butterfly 2:10.89
3 2012 Stockholm, SWE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.10
5 2012 Stockholm, SWE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.63
3 2011 Dubai, UAE 100m Butterfly 59.84
2 2011 Dubai, UAE 100m Individual Medley 1:01.66