Brendan Hansen

Brendan on pre-race jitters

“I want to feel those butterflies. If I’m not nervous and my heart isn’t pounding in my chest before I get to the blocks, then something is wrong and I’m not ready to race.”


Brendan Hansen is seldom satisfied with his times. Just to prove he could, he set world records in the 100 and 200m breaststroke at the 2006 National Championships. Two weeks later at the Mutual of Omaha 2006 Pan Pacific Championships, he shaved .24 seconds off his 200m time for a new world standard of 2:08.50. It’s no wonder he’s the 2006 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and the 2006 Golden Goggles Male Athlete of the Year.

Read more about Brendan in SPLASH Magagine, courtesy of USA Swimming - September/October 2011.

Vitals

  • Birthday: August 15, 1981
  • Hometown: Havertown, Pennsylvania

Sweet Achievement:

“Breaking my 200m breaststroke world record at a national meet and just two weeks later, breaking it again, this time on the international stage.”

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2012 – Gold, 400m medley relay 3:29.35; Bronze, 100m breaststroke 59.49
    2008 – Gold, 400m medley relay (WR)
    2004 – Silver, 100m breaststroke; Bronze, 200m breaststroke; Gold, 400m medley relay (WR)
  • World Championships
    2007 – Gold, 100m breaststroke; Silver, 50m breaststroke
    2005 – Gold, 100m breaststroke; Gold, 200m breaststroke; Gold, 400m medley relay
    2004 – Gold, 50m breaststroke (scm); Gold, 100m breaststroke (scm); Gold, 200m breaststroke  (scm); Gold, 400m medley relay (scm) (WR)
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2011 –Gold, 200m breaststroke; Gold, 100m breaststroke; Gold, 400m medley relay
    2007 – Gold, 100m breaststroke; Gold, 200m breaststroke
    2005 – Gold, 100m breaststroke; Gold, 200m breaststroke; Gold, 400m medley relay
    2003 – Silver, 100m breaststroke; Bronze, 200m breaststroke
  • Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships
    2006 – Gold, 100m breaststroke; Gold, 200m breaststroke (WR); Gold, 400m medley relay
  • U.S. Nationals
    2011 – Gold, 100m breaststroke; Gold, 200m breaststroke

Race Clips