Breeja Larson

Breeja on the mental game

“I put all my hope and motivation into making the (Olympic) team, not letting myself doubt for a second that I would make it...I went all in and made myself believe that I would.”

Into high school, Breeja Larson loved playing all sports. She never wanted to settle on one because that meant she couldn’t play all the others. It wasn’t until her junior year when she realized she would pay for college, that she knew it was time to focus on one sport in hopes of getting an athletic scholarship. Lucky for us, she chose swimming. So, at age 17 she began to train in earnest and was off to Texas A&M. She credits her ”freshness“ in swimming for her three straight NCAA titles in the 100m breaststroke. It didn‘t hurt her at the 2012 Olympic Trials either, which led to her gold medal.

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Olympic Swim Trials Reflection

“Trials is a nerve-wracking exciting experience where you walk amongst the best in the world and realize that everyone has a shot to make the Olympic team. If you have a lane, you have a chance. The water is just as wet and the pool is just as long, you just have to go for it!”


  • Birthday: April 16, 1992
  • College: Texas A&M

Sweet Achievement:

“Earning an Olympic gold medal. My favorite thing about having it is the happiness it brings people, especially in one-on-one interactions, that means the most.”

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2012 – Gold, 400m medley relay
  • World Championships
    2013 – Gold, 400m medley relay