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Andrew GEMMELL
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC United States   
GenderMen
Born20 Feb 1991 in Columbia, MD, USA
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Washington, DC, USA
Occupation
Consultant
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - University of Georgia: Athens, GA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two.
Why this sport?
His father, a swim coach, took him to swimming lessons.
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the 1500m freestyle event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (usaswimming.org, 24 Oct 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sometimes it is slower at the beginning, and others may have a fast pace. With open water swimming it is a lot of racing in that moment and how you adapt to the situations in that moment and with the competitors right there." (delawareonline.com, 30 Jun 2014)
Awards and honours
He won the 2014 Golden Goggle Perseverance Award after winning a gold medal at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships after his event was switched from Australia to Hawaii. He shared the award with female swimmer, Haley Anderson. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 24 Nov 2014)

He was named Swimming World Magazine's 2014 Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 03 Nov 2014)
Famous relatives
His father Bruce has worked as a swim coach and competed for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, IL, United States of America. His younger sister Erin has competed in swimming at junior national level. (Twitter profile, 01 Aug 2018; USA Swimming, 17 Jul 2012)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2012 London, ENG 1500m Freestyle 14:59.05
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
17 2017 Budapest, HUN 5km 54:59.3
13 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 53:38.7
6 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 54:44.7
5 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km 56:24.8
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km - Team Time Trial 57:00.6
5 2009 Rome, ITA 5 km 56:44.9
2 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 1:52:08.3
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:42:16.00
16 2014 Cancún, MEX 10km 1:57:11
  2014 Setúbal, POR 10km  DNF
9 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 1:48:50.2
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km 1:51:11.0
  2010 Irvine, CA, USA 10km  DSQ