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Brendan Hansen   

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Career Highlights

Took gold in the 400m medley relay and bronze in the 100m breast at the 2012 Olympic Games in London...Qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing first in the 100m breast ... Won the 100m and 200m breast at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships ... Earned a gold and set a world record in the 400m med-relay at the 2008 Olympic Games; also placed fourth in the 100m breast ... Qualified
for the 2008 Olympics by placing first in the 100m breast at Trials ... won gold in the 100m and silver in the 50m breast at the 2007 FINA World Championships ... in 2006, set three world records in the span of 20 days in August, breaking the 100m breast WR once and the 200m breast WR twice ... won three medals (gold, silver, bronze) at the 2004 Olympic Games … was a triple gold medalist at the 2006 Pan Pacifics and 2005 World Championships ... first international medal was gold in the 200m breast at the 2001 World Champs ... while swimming for the University of Texas, was the NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 breast all four years ... named Male Swimmer of the Meet after sweeping the breaststroke races and winning gold on the American record-setting 400m med-relay at the 2004 SC World Champs.

Olympics History

2012: Gold 4x100 Med-R, Bronze 100 Br ... 2008: Gold, 4x100m MR; 4, 100m BR ... 2004: Gold, 400m MR(WR); Silver, 100m BR; Bronze, 200m BR

World Champs History

2007: Gold, 100m BR; Silver, 50m BR ... 2005: Gold, 100m BR/200m BR/400m MR ... 2003: Silver, 100m BR; Bronze, 200m BR ... 2001: Gold, 200m BR

Pan Pacs History

2006: Gold, 100m BR & 200m BR(WR) & 400m MR ... 2002: Gold, 200m BR & 400m MR(WR) ; Silver, 100m BR

SC Worlds History

2004: Swept BR & gold in 400m MR(WR) ... 1999: no medals

Olympic Trials History

2012: 1st, 100m BR; 4th, 200m BR ... 2008: 1st, 100m BR; 4th, 200m BR ... 2004: 1st, 100m BR; 1st, 200m BR

Fun Facts

High School

Haverford HS ‘00


University of Texas ’05

College Major


Future Professional Aspirations



Buzz and Miriam … father is retired and mother is a homemaker


Married his wife Martha in 2010


Older brother (Sean) is the head swim coach and assistant AD at Haverford Prep in Havertown, Pa. … younger sister (Megan) swims at Southern Connecticut

Started Swimming

Age 4 ... "my bro did it"


B … nicknamed “B” because in the south, everyone says Brandon instead of Brendan, so he told people to call him B instead


Two dogs, Finn (Springer Spaniel) and Henry (mutt)

Hobbies Outside the Pool

Hunting, fishing, camping, going to the lake, photography

Most Influential Person

Parents ... "They are the best."


Colin's Hope in Austin

Training Stats

Swims 10k a day ... 4 hours a day, 6 days a week


Has two tattoos: Olympic rings and Longhorn; got them because they were his two biggest accomplishments … first job was lifeguarding ... speaks Spanish ... has to touch the water before each race ... known in high school as "the guy that shaved his legs"


U.S. city: Austin, Texas ... int'l destination: Paris ... band: Coldplay ... celebrity: Owen Wilson ... summer activity: camping ... place to be when not competing: in the mountains ... family tradition: Christmas Eve dinner ... movie: Big Lewboski ... tv: Two and a Half Men

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