Elín Sigurðardóttir

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Elín Sigurðardóttir
Personal information
Full name Elín Sigurðardóttir
National team  Iceland
Born (1973-01-15) 15 January 1973 (age 44)
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Elín Sigurðardóttir (born January 15, 1973) is an Icelandic former swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[1] Sigurdardottir represented Iceland in two editions of the Olympic Games (1996 and 2000), and also formerly held an Icelandic record in the 50 m freestyle, before it was eventually broken by Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir and Sarah Blake Bateman.

Sigurdardottir made her first Icelandic team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Swimming in heat three of the women's 50 m freestyle, she raced to a sixth seed and thirty-seventh overall in 26.90, a third of a second behind leader Dominique Diezi of Switzerland.[2]

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Sigurdardottir competed again in the 50 m freestyle.[3] She achieved a FINA B-cut of 26.93 from the Mare Nostrum meet in Barcelona, Spain.[4] She challenged seven other swimmers in heat five, including teenagers Chiang Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei, Marijana Šurković of Croatia, and Jūratė Ladavičiūtė of Lithuania. Diving in with a 0.79-second deficit, Sigurdardottir faded down the stretch on the final 15-metre mark to last place in 27.58, almost a full second behind leader Chiang. Sigurdardottir failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed fifty-first overall out of 74 swimmers in the prelims.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Elín Sigurðardóttir". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Atlanta 1996: Aquatics (Swimming) – Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 3" (PDF). Atlanta 1996. LA84 Foundation. p. 35. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Íslendingar senda 11 keppendur til Sydneyļūst" [Icelanders send 11 competitors to Sydney] (in Icelandic). Morgunblaðið. 4 April 2000. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 5)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 5" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 165. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Results from the Summer Olympics – Swimming (Women's 50m Freestyle)". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 14 June 2013.