Julianne Kirchner

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Julianne Kirchner
Personal information
Full name Julianne Kirchner
National team  Marshall Islands
Born (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 26)
Florence, Alabama, United States
Height 1.38 m (4 ft 6 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Kwajalein Swim Team[1]
Coach Sarah Stepchew[1]

Julianne Kirchner (born December 19, 1991) is a Marshallese swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[2][1] Having moved with her family to the Marshall Islands at the very young age because of her father's occupation, Kirchner acquired a dual citizenship to participate internationally for her new homeland in swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3]

Kirchner was one of the five athletes to mark an Olympic debut for the Marshall Islands at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, competing in the women's 50 m freestyle. She established a personal best of 30.42 to take the fourth spot and seventy-fifth overall in heat three of the morning prelims, failing to advance to the top 16 semifinals.[4]

Kirchner is also one of the shortest swimmers at the Olympics, standing at 1.38 metres (4 feet and 6 inches). She is currently a member of Kwajalein Swim Team in the Marshall Islands under the tutelage of her personal coach Sarah Stepchew.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Julianne Kirchner". Beijing 2008. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Julianne Kirchner". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Shoals native is competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics". WAFF TV (Alabama). 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Swimming: Women's 50m Freestyle – Heat 3". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.

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