Katie Hoff

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Katie Hoff
Katie Hoff Olympic Games 2008.jpg
Hoff at the 2008 Olympic Games
Personal information
Full name Kathryn Elise Hoff
Nickname(s) "Katie"
Nationality  United States
Born (1989-06-03) June 3, 1989 (age 25)
Palo Alto, California
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, individual medley
Club North Baltimore Aquatic Club, FAST Aquatics, T2 Aquatics

Kathryn Elise Hoff (born June 3, 1989) is an American competition swimmer. Hoff is strongest in the 200 and 400 meter individual medley, though she is a very capable swimmer in many events, ranging from the four 200 meter events to the 800 meter freestyle. She competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics, in which she captured a silver and two bronze medals. She was born in Palo Alto, California.

Competitive career[edit]

2004–2005[edit]

Hoff qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics at the age of 15; she failed to medal in both of the events in which she competed.

At the 2005 World Aquatics Championships, Hoff set a championships record for her time of 2:10.41 in the women's 200 m individual medley.[1] Hoff received two more gold medals at the competition, one in the 400 m medley and the other for the 4×200 m freestyle, with teammates Natalie Coughlin, Whitney Myers, and Kaitlin Sandeno.

2007 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

Hoff retained her 200 m individual medley title by winning at the 2007 World Championships setting a new championship record of 2:10.13.[2] Hoff's previous experience helped her use her "veteran" status to help the most experienced member of the US team, Natalie Coughlin, prepare for their world-record-setting pace in the 4×200 m freestyle relay.[3]

2008 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

Heading into the 2008 Olympics, Hoff was considered a strong contender. Hoff held the American record in the 200 meter individual medley at 2:09.71 and set the world record in the 400 meter individual medley with a time of 4:31.12 set at the 2008 U.S. swim trials. (This time was subsequently bettered by Stephanie Rice in the Olympic finals with a time of 4:29.45).

Hoff’s performances in Beijing produced a decidedly mixed record. NBC commentator and former-Olympian Rowdy Gaines described her results as disappointing (this included finishing second to Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington in the 400 m Freestyle), yet noted that her three medals at one Olympics is a significant achievement and cited the depth of the field in each of her events. Prior to the Olympic Games, Hoff was saddled by the media with the label “the female Michael Phelps” due to the challenging slate of races in which she was competing. Bob Bowman, Phelps’ coach, thought the comparison was unfair.

Hoff set the American record in the 200 freestyle, yet finished fourth in the event; 70 minutes later in the finals of the 200 meter IM Hoff again finished fourth, well behind her time at the U.S. swim trials. These results led to questions as to whether Hoff’s program in Beijing was too aggressive. It was also suggested that Hoff's narrow miss of a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle created a confidence issue that affected her later races.[4] Following her consecutive fourth place finishes, Hoff's coach, Paul Yetter, held that she was having a good meet and denied she had peaked too early. Yetter also predicted that Hoff could have an “awesome” 800 meter freestyle race to conclude her second Olympic games.[5] However, Hoff dramatically faded over the second half of her preliminary race, finishing in 8:27.78, 8.08 seconds off her personal best time, and failed to advance.[6]

2009[edit]

After taking some time off after the 2008 Olympics Hoff did not qualify for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships after an 8th place finish in the 200 m freestyle and a 6th place finish in the 400 m freestyle at the US National Championships. Hoff subsequently withdrew from the 100 m freestyle and 800 m freestyle races, ending her chances of making the team.[7]

2010[edit]

2011 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Hoff won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Missy Franklin, Dagny Knutson, and Allison Schmitt, with the team finishing ahead of Australia and China. As the third leg, Hoff had a 1:57.41 split.

2012[edit]

At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Hoff failed to qualify for her third Olympics, finishing 20th in the preliminary runs in the 200m and 400m freestyle and 13th in the 800m freestyle.

2013[edit]

Beginning in 2013, Hoff took a brief hiatus from competitive swimming focus on her studies, enrolling at the University of Miami as a full-time student.[8] Hoff competed in her first meet since the 2012 Olympic Trials on November 23–24.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Hoff was born in Palo Alto, California and lived for a number of years in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she swam as a youngster with the Williamsburg Aquatic Club, coached by Harold Baker. She also swam summer neighborhood meets with the Windsor Forest Frogs, where several of her team records, circa 2000 and 2001 still stand. She moved with her family to Towson, Maryland in 2003, in part so she could practice with the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, also the home team of Michael Phelps.[10] In 2008, she purchased a condominium in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Baltimore.[10] Her mother, Jeanne Ruark Hoff, played basketball for Stanford University from 1979 to 1983.[11] Hoff's father, John, is a salesman. Both Hoff and her younger brother, Christian, were home schooled.[10][dated info] Hoff is currently training with T2 Aquatics in Naples, Florida.[citation needed]

Major achievements[edit]

International events[edit]

Year Meet Venue Distance Event Result
2004 2004 Olympics Athens, Greece 200 m Individual medley 7th
2004 Olympics Athens, Greece 400 m Individual medley 17th
2005 World Championships (LC) Montreal, Canada 200 m Individual medley 1st
World Championships Montreal, Canana 400 m Individual medley 1st
2006 Pan Pacific Championships Victoria, Canada 200 m Freestyle 1st
Pan Pacific Championships Victoria, Canada 400 m Freestyle 2nd
Pan Pacific Championships Victoria, Canada 200 m Individual medley 2nd
Pan Pacific Championships Victoria, Canada 400 m Individual medley 1st
2007 World Championships (LC) Melbourne, Australia 200 m Individual medley 1st
World Championships Melbourne, Australia 400 m Individual medley 1st WR
World Championships Melbourne, Australia 4×200 m Free relay 1st WR
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 200 m Freestyle 4th
Olympic Games Beijing, China 400 m Freestyle 2nd
Olympic Games Beijing, China 200 m Individual medley 4th
Olympic Games Beijing, China 400 m Individual medley 3rd
Olympic Games Beijing, China 4×200 m Free relay 3rd

U.S. National Achievements[edit]

Year Meet Distance Event Result
2003 US Open 200 m Individual medley 2nd
US Open 400 m Individual medley 2nd
2004 Spring Nationals 200 m Individual medley 3rd
Spring Nationals 400 m Individual medley 1st
2005 US Open 200 m Freestyle 1st
US Open 100 m Butterfly 1st
US Open 200 m Butterfly 1st
US Open 200 m Individual medley 1st
2006 US Open 800 m Freestyle 1st
US Open 200 m Individual medley 1st
US Open 400 m Individual medley 1st
Summer Nationals 200 m Freestyle 2nd
Summer Nationals 400 m Freestyle 2nd
Summer Nationals 200 m Individual medley 1st
Summer Nationals 400 m Individual medley 1st
Spring Championships 50 m Freestyle 3rd
Spring Championships 100 m Freestyle 1st
Spring Championships 400 m Freestyle 1st
Spring Championships 200 m Butterfly 2nd
Spring Championships 200 m Individual medley 1st
Spring Championships 400 m Individual medley 1st

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Records
Preceded by
Yana Klochkova
Women's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

April 1, 2007 – March 22, 2008
Succeeded by
Stephanie Rice
Preceded by
Stephanie Rice
Women's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

June 29, 2008 – August 10, 2008
Succeeded by
Stephanie Rice
Awards
Preceded by
Amanda Beard
Swimming World
American Swimmer of the Year

2005–2007
Succeeded by
Natalie Coughlin