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Christine JENNINGS
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC United States   
GenderWomen
Born07 May 1987 in Newark, DE, USA
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lausanne, SUI
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications, Marketing, Retail Consumer Studies - University of Minnesota: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 11. She completed her first open water race at age 13 at Lake Hartwell in Clemson, SC, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"I had to because my older brother swam and there was nobody to watch me."
General Interest
Nicknames
CJ (USA Swimming, 12 Jul 2011)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (USA Swimming, 12 Jul 2011)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Pablo Morales. (usaswimming.org, 31 Jul 2011)
Injuries
In 2011 she broke two bones in her leg and strained the posterior cruciate ligament [PCL] in her knee as she was running towards the finishing line of the Queen of the Sea race in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She returned to competition in February 2012. In late 2013 she had surgery on the leg as she was still having problems from the original injury. (usaswimming.org, 17 Jan 2014; usaswimming.org, 04 Jun 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can't go forward without hope. You can't keep living without hope. Hope is something that is a key in my life. You need to have faith and hope." (usaswimming.org, 04 Jun 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named a National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA} All-American in 2007 and 2008. (USA Swimming, 12 Jul 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired in November 2015 after competing at the Pro Swim Series in Minneapolis, MN, United States of America. "I will be moving to Lausanne, Switzerland, to attend graduate school for a master's of advanced studies in sport administration and technology [AISTS] in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee [IOC]. My life has been an amazing journey and I couldn't have asked for much more. I am happy with what I have accomplished and the opportunity I have been granted through swimming to touch others' lives through my faith and swimming experiences." (usaswimming.org, 05 Nov 2015)

RACE TRAGEDY
In October 2010 she participated in a 10km event in the United Arab Emirates in which US swimmer Fran Crippen died. Jennings herself had to be taken to hospital after she began to vomit and hyperventilate during the race as water temperatures were estimated to have risen above 30 degrees Celsius. "About six kilometres into the race my head started hurting. At eight kilometres I was going downhill really fast. I started to veer off course and I had no sense of direction. It just got to the point I was literally scared for my life." (swimmingworldtv, 09 Nov 2010; philly.com, 27 Oct 2010; abcnews.go.com, 26 Oct 2010)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:23.6
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 5:07:32.3
13 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:24.6
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2015   10km  
13 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 0.00
18 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:07:02.00
1 2015 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:09:15.0
3 2015 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:23:46.3
9 2015 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:03:54
22 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:49:56.00
7 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:06:24.15
2 2014   10km  
5 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:12:41
11 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:33.8
2 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:03:01.5
4 2014 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:33.39
6 2014 Qiandaohu, CHN 10km 2:06:20.82
7 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:22.6
4 2013   10km  
7 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:03:00.0
7 2013 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 2:10:03.60
2 2012 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:02:06
1 2012 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:05:56.76
6 2011 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:02:03
2 2010 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:17:30.3
1 2010 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:09:35.6
1 2009 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:09:58.81
8 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 2:05:53.1
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
10 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km  
1 2010 Irvine, CA, USA 10km 2:00:33.63