Texas Longhorn coach Eddie Reese once said of Brendan Hansen, “Brendan isn’t fast. His gift is the ability to not slow down.” That drive, that singular determination, is exactly what has defined Brendan’s already storied career. At age 5, he was already in the pool developing his love for the sport of swimming. By age 12, he was making waves in his community, attracting the attention of top coaches. By the time he was in high school, Brendan had found his calling in the form of the breaststroke. His mastery of the stroke helped him take home numerous state championships, and secure a lauded spot on the University of Texas swim team in Austin.
It comes as no surprise that Brendan’s success is, in part, attributed to his strong sense of self. He knows where he comes from and he knows where he wants to be. This inner confidence is reflected in Brendan’s now-signature breaststroke technique. His kick is far narrower than that of his competitors, but understanding and embracing this unique approach has allowed him to excel. And excel he has. Brendan has won a total of twenty-three medals in major international competitions, including seventeen gold, four silver, and two bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. In 2006, he set three world records in the span of 20 days, breaking the 100m breast WR once and the 200m breast WR twice. In college, he also took home 13 NCAA titles, in addition to Big 12 Swimmer of the Year and Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year accolades.
When questioned about what it was like to win an Olympic medal, Brendan said, “It’s like the heaviest thing you’ve ever put around your neck. Then you’re singing the national anthem, then the place goes crazy…and you realize you’ve finally reached that moment.” Brendan may have reached “that moment”, but his journey to greatness is far from over.
Winner of bronze in the 100m Breaststroke at the London 2012 Olympics.
3rd 100m Breaststroke
1st 4x 100m Medley relay