Name – Brendan Hansen
Country – United States
Date of birth – Aug 15, 1981
Height – 6’0” (182.9 cm)
Weight – 185 lbs (83.9 Kg)
Birthplace – Havertown, Pa.
Hometown – Havertown, Pa.
Residence – Austin, Texas
Occupation – Professional swimmer
Coaches - Eddie Reese, Kris Kubik and Randy Reese, USA
Club – Longhorn Aquatics (TXLA–TX)
High School – Haverford HS ‘00
College – Texas ’05
College Major – Kinesiology
Two time Olympian – (2004 – Athens Olympic Games, 2008 – Beijing Olympic Games)
Four Olympic medals – (2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
Brendan began swimming at the tender age of just 5 years; very young, like most elite world swimmers did. Brendan worked really hard from this point on and at the age of just 12 he impressed one and all. Experts used to watch him closely and often talked to him as the guy was a special talent. Despite all the praises showered on him, Brendan was not carried away, he embraced all the praises and continued to impress. By this time, he was a high school freshman and had won his first state championship.
Brendan dominated the 100 meter breaststroke while he was in high school; winning the state championships many times. Brendan was a swimmer with endless credentials and honors like High school All-American honors, National Age Group records, and National championship in 200 meter breaststroke in 1999. All of this contributed towards making him national and international ranker of the swimming world.
Brendan completed his high school in 2000 and now he was eyeing for an Olympic berth. He finished 3rd in both 100 as well as 200 meter breaststroke events, missing out narrowly for the Olympics. He completed the events in his personal best time that showed his training marvels. Brendan was not at all disappointed and used this as a learning experience and motivation for the future. He started preparations for the NCAA competition at the University of Texas where he was the defending champion.
Brendan’s first season for UT Longhorns was stunning where he won 4 NCAA titles and 4 NCAA All- America honors. Brendan continued to raise the bar of performance for him in the years to come and in 2001 he broke the 200 meter Breast American Record at spring nationals and then he won his first international medal at World Championships by winning gold in 200 meter breaststroke. After this he became just the third person in history to accomplish a career sweep in 100 and 200 meter breaststroke at collegiate level. Brendan completed his college swimming career with 13 total NCAA titles and Big 12 Conference Swimmer of the Year, Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year with many other accolades.
Apart from this, Brendan captured a gold medal, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal in 4 x 100 meter relay, 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke respectively in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games. In 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games Brendan finished fourth in 100 meter breaststroke event whereas he earned a gold medal in 4 x 100 meter relay. This was termed as a team worthy of a gold medal and Brendan was a part of it.
Despite all this success he still remains hungry for more and wants to prove himself as the best breaststroker in the world.Also if you are looking for Genuine World Cup Tickets then have a look at www.worldcuptickets.biz