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Kristel KÖBRICH
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Chile   
GenderWomen
Born09 Aug 1985 in Santiago, CHI
Height1.70 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Córdoba, ARG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age nine at the German elementary school she attended in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
Her older sisters competed in swimming and she showed potential when she accompanied them to training.
Club / Team
Club Municipalidad: Córdoba, ARG
Name of coach
Daniel Garimaldi [personal], from 2003
Training Regime
She trains for up to five hours a day over two sessions. She combines her training in the water with strength work and stretching.
General Interest
Nicknames
La Alemana, Cobra, Pequena [small or 'shorty' in Spanish, because at her first swimming club all the other girls were older than her]. (diario.elmercurio.com, 23 Apr 2015; feeds.univision.com, 20 Oct 2011)
Most influential person in career
Coach Daniel Garimaldi. (economiaynegocios.cl, 26 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Water is my habitat where I talk, I cry, I laugh, I live." (latercera.com, 18 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2021 she was named Best Latin American Female Swimmer of the Year by the swimming news website, Best Swimming. (latercera.com, 02 Jan 2022; bestswimming.swimchannel.net, 01 Jan 2022)

In 2009 and 2018 she was named Best Athlete of the Year by the Chilean Sports Press Association. (elmostrador.cl, 21 Nov 2018; feeds.univision.com, 20 Oct 2011)

She was flag bearer for Chile at the opening ceremony at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (natacionchilena.cl, 15 Jul 2004)
Other sports
She has represented Chile in open water swimming, competing at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. She also participated in both swimming and open water swimming at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Oct 2020)
Milestones
She became the first female Chilean swimmer to compete at the Olympic Games when she took part in the 2004 Games in Athens. At the 2020 Games in Tokyo, she became the first Chilean swimmer to have competed at five editions of the Olympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jan 2022)

She became the first Chilean swimmer to win a medal at the Pan American Games, claiming bronze at the 2003 Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jun 2018; feeds.univision.com, 20 Oct 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. (cba24n.com.ar, 13 Dec 2021)
Other information
RELATIONSHIP WITH COACH
She began working with coach Daniel Garimaldi in 2003 after relocating to Cordoba, Argentina. "I have known him since 2001 but I came to Argentina in 2003 and since then we have had a more consolidated relationship as coach and athlete. It was not because of a lack of infrastructure in Chile, it was a personal decision and I think I was right." (CDF YouTube channel, 12 Jul 2020; latercera.com, 28 Mar 2020)

PSYCHOLOGICAL FOCUS
She began working more on psychological preparation ahead of competitions after she was disappointed with her performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "In Rio I did not like how I competed or the result. That same afternoon I spoke with [coach] Daniel Garimaldi and we decided I needed changes regarding the psychological aspect of swimming. For these changes it will take time but I do not want to give races away." (farodeportivo.cl, 13 Jan 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
14 2021 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 16:09.09
19 2021 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:32.58
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:16.07
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:34.34
Heats 2012 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:12.02
14 2012 London, ENG 800m Freestyle 8:29.55
Heats 2008 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:34.25
15 2004 Athens, GRE 800m Freestyle 8:40.41 
26 2004 Athens, GRE 400m Freestyle 4:18.68 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2022 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:20.24
Heats 2022 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:37.02
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 1500m Freestyle 16:16.26
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 800m Freestyle  DNS
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 1500m Freestyle 16:13.46
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 800m Freestyle 8:34.51
7 2015 Kazan, RUS 1500m Freestyle 16:06.55
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:33.12
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 16:01.94
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:29.32
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:28.76
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN 1500m Freestyle 16:05.11
9 2009 Rome, ITA 800m Freestyle 8:30.10
4 2009 Rome, ITA 1500m Freestyle 15:57.57
7 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 1500m Freestyle 16:27.13
Heats 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS 800m Freestyle 8:40.46
Heat 2005 Montreal, CAN 1500m Freestyle 16:33.36
15 2005 Montreal, CAN 800m Freestyle 8:46.90 
21 2005 Montreal, CAN 400m Freestyle 4:18.41 
Heats 2003 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:24.53
Heats 2003 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 8:52.02
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2010 Dubai, UAE 800m Freestyle 8:18.26
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 400m Freestyle 4:06.28
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 200m Freestyle 1:59.53
15 2006 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:10.61
7 2006 Shanghai, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:29.30
10 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 400m Freestyle 4:12.51
8 2004 Indianapolis, IN, USA 800m Freestyle 8:34.59
Pan American Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Lima, PER 800m Freestyle 8:37.22
2 2019 Lima, PER 1500m Freestyle 16:18.19
3 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 400m Freestyle 4:13.31
1 2011 Guadalajara, MEX 800m Freestyle 8:34.71
8 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 400m Freestyle 4:19.10
6 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 800m Freestyle 8:45.99
7 2003 Santo Domingo, DOM 400m Freestyle 4:18.24
3 2003 Santo Domingo, DOM 800m Freestyle 8:43.90
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
27 2017   Overall  
4 2017 Berlin, GER 400m Freestyle 4:05.40
3 2017 Eindhoven, NED 800m Freestyle 8:14.11
5 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:05.93
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:18.88
41 2010   Overall  
1 2010 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:21.66
2 2009 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:08.02
2 2009 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:09.25
24 2008   Overall  
2 2008 Berlin, GER 800m Freestyle 8:16.36
2 2008 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:18.62
2 2008 Stockholm, SWE 800m Freestyle 8:20.09
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 57:17.1
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2015 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:02:59.25
4 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 2:06:46.83
5 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:03:26.9
6 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:59:09.47
8 2009 Santos, BRA 10km 2:10:06.23
2 2008 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 1:52:18.1
1 2008 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:10:49.77
39 2007   10km