Kim Vandenberg

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Kim Vandenberg
Kim Vandenberg, Vienna2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kimberly Vandenberg
Nickname(s) "Kim"
Nationality  United States
Born (1983-12-13) December 13, 1983 (age 31)
Berkeley, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
College team University of California, Los Angeles
Coach Romain Barnier

Kimberly Vandenberg (born December 13, 1983) is an American competition swimmer and Olympic medalist.

Vandenberg grew up in Moraga, California swimming for Campolindo High School and Orinda Aquatics. She was a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team in the women's 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She also won silver medals at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey and at the 2007 World Swimming Championships in the women's 200-meter butterfly. Four years later, she won a gold medal at the Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games in the same event.

Vandenberg attended University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and swam for the UCLA Bruins women's swimming and diving team. She graduated from UCLA in 2007. Being one of the only USA Olympic swimmers to chose to train abroad, she now lives in France and trains with the club team in Marseille.[1] Under head coach Romain Barnier, a former Olympian. “We have a really interesting group of international swimmers who have different experiences and who all learn from each other. It’s a unique experience,” says Kim Vandenberg in an interview with Gary Hall, Sr.[2]

Vandenberg saw the benefits of training abroad and viewing the world’s different training methods. Her swimming has taken her to many countries such as China, Australia, Mexico, Cambodia, Spain, Turkey, Italy, France, and many others. [3] Kim Vandenberg has also taken time to inspire and teach the hopeful, future swimmers from around the world. “I think when I was really young I never believed that I could become an Olympian myself. It was a dream I had but I told myself ‘that’s impossible. I’ll never be an Olympian,’ but as the years went by I grew up and I started swimming faster that dream became a reality… I really think it’s important for swimmers, and any athlete, to dream big and think about the most amazing thing that you could see yourself achieving because it is possible,” said Vandenberg during an interview at a hosted event at the International School of Beijing in 2013, along with USA Olympic swimmers Jason Lezak and Aaron Peirsol.

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  1. ^ Bob Schaller (January 26, 2010). "20 Question Tuesday: Kim Vandenberg". 
  2. ^ Vandenberg, Kim. Interview by Gary Wayne Hall. The Race Club. The Race Club, 08 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 Feb. 2015. <http://www.theraceclub.com/videos/interview-kim-vandenberg>.
  3. ^ "Fitter & Faster." Swim Clinics With Kim Vandenberg. SwimOutlet, n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.

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