“You have to have the confidence and be prepared to put the work in to get what you want out of it, and I plan to have a lot more memories in front of me.”
Many swimmers have a breakthrough moment on the international platform. It’s the race that propels the athlete to recognition beyond the pool, and can set a new course for life.
Jimmy Feigen’s moment followed several achievements throughout high school, college and even the 2012 Olympics. Finally, there it was at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. The 100m freestyle. Jimmy had worked his way through the prelims and semifinals to earn a coveted middle lane in the final. That’s when Jimmy came from behind in the final 50 meters to earn the silver medal in 47.82, a lifetime best. Nothing’s been the same since.
- Birthday: September 26, 1989
- College: University of Texas
“Winning silver in the 100 free at the 2013 World Championships. It felt like a breakthrough moment. It was for my friends, coaches, parents and teammates who all believed in me, even after the [400m freestyle] relay, and got me believing in myself again.”
2012 – Silver, 400m freestyle relay
- World Championships
2013 – Silver, 100m freestyle; Silver, 400m freestyle relay
2012 – Gold, 400m freestyle relay (scm)
- Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
2013 – Gold, 50m freestyle; Gold 400m freestyle relay; Gold, 400m medley relay