the sporty side of me
it’s all about water
Whether it’s pools, lakes or oceans, I love to Swim. My dad taught me to swim in my hometown Stockholm when I was 5 years old. Since then, swimming has been a big part of my life and has brought me to the most wonderful adventures.
In my Swedish Swim Club, Södertörns SS, I was an elite breaststroker and claimed the Swedish Championship podium in 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke repeatedly and was a part of the Swedish Junior National Team. When I turned 18, I headed for the yards pool in the US to try my luck as a College Swimmer.
Representing the University of Louisville Cardinals, I was able to improve my personal bests each year and finish off with a qualification to the Division I NCAA Championships my Senior year. In college, 200 Breaststroke became my best event, with 200 and 400 IM as close runner-ups.
After college, I thought I was done with swimming. But that did not last for many weeks. I quickly realised circle classes and casual jogging tours to keep in shape was not for me. I needed something else, and decided to try Triathlon. It was fun, but I wasn’t really a wheel kind-of-girl.
My short Triathlon career put me in contact with the amazing long-distance sports community and I started hearing about Swimrun. Really, it all started with my friend Pär asked me to do Utö Swimrun with him. The adventurer inside of me could of course not say no. Since that day, I understood the magic of the sport and I made it part of my life. From 2015 to 2020 I devoted much of my time to become the best Swimrun athlete I could be. On my 5th ÖTILLÖ World Championships, I finally managed to reach my goal and become a World Champion, together with Desirée Andersson (2019).
The last few years my swimmer legs have battled a number of running injuries. Feeling quite done with being an elite athlete and wanting to focus on my career and other parts of life, I’ve cut back on the hard-core elite level training. I keep in good enough shape to participate in Swimrun and Open Water Swimming races when I feel the urge to 🙂
I’ve learned a lot by just being an athlete myself, and learned the hard way what training works for performing on top. At different points in my life I have also coached swimmers, triathletes and Swimrunners.
Coaching Certification: American Red Cross Safety Training
for Swim Coaches
I coached youth swimming groups for several years in Sweden after my colleague career, leading mid-level groups, writing training plans and developing swimming technique.
I helped out my triathlon club to lead the swimming sessions and coach the triathletes during a couple of years.
As co-founder of WILD Swimrun (Swimrun events for women), I planned the training and led the swimming and Swimrun coaching during all our camps, together with Maria Roman.