SIOBHÁN HAUGHEY

NATIONALITY Hong Kong
HOMETOWN Hong Kong
DATE OF BIRTH 31/10/1997
DISCIPLINE Freestyle
CLUB/COLLEGE University of Michigan / Energy Standard
COACH Rick Bishop
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“Magic happens outside your comfort zone”

BIOGRAPHY

After Siobhán attended London 2012, the 14-year-old said to herself that she would go to the next Olympics as a competitor, not a spectator.

She finished sixth in her 200m freestyle semifinal at Rio 2016 before rewriting the history books five years later with silver in the 100m and 200m freestyle at Tokyo 2020.

By the close of 2021, Siobhán had become the first Olympic swimming medallist, the first world champion and the first world record-holder from Hong Kong.

She also played a key role as Energy Standard won the International Swimming League Grand Final, and she remains unbeaten over 200m freestyle with 17 victories across three seasons.

Her 200m freestyle world record of 1:50.31 at the global short-course championships just before Christmas providing the perfect ending to the year.

“I think it’s one of the best years I’ve had so far,” she said. “Hopefully, it’s not the best year yet because I’d still want more good things to happen in the future.”

Siobhán was born in Hong Kong to a Caucasian Irish father and Chinese mother. She attended St Paul’s Primary and Secondary Catholic Schools. Tough academic standards went hand in hand with the high bar she set herself in the pool.

A team player, too. In Tokyo, she qualified for the semis of the 50m freestyle but withdrew.

She still had the medley relay that same session. “I train with them every day so they’re not only my teammates but good friends”, Siobhán said.

GENERAL QUICK FACTS

Favorite sportsperson or team (other than swimming)
New Zealand rugby sevens team
Favorite vacation spot and why
Paris, because of the food, the architecture and the culture
Public person you admire
Tennis player Naomi Osaka
Favorite book(s)/author(s)
“The Perfume Collector” by Kathleen Tessaro; “Atomic Habits: an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad one’s” by James Clear
Favorite artist or work of art
“The Woman with a Parasol” (1875) by Claude Monet
Items you’d want on a desert island
A fluffy blanket, a knife, bug spray
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I want to be able to speak any language and dialect in the world
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
“Behind My Goggles: The Secret Life Of Siobhán Haughey”
What you’d like to do in your life after swimming
I want to become a clinical child psychologist

SWIMMING QUICK FACTS

Proudest moment in swimming
Winning a silver medal in the 200m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics
Least favorite part of swimming
Jumping into the pool
Favorite/least favorite training set and why
My favourite sets are race-pace sets where I get to swim really fast and race people
Favorite Race/Training suits and why
My favourite training suits are any comfy pink training suits. I love pink and pink suits make me happy
Best piece of equipment and why
I like how powerful my catch is when I wear paddles. I can also really focus on my stroke
Favorite Food after training
Chocolate milk
Favorite Pool in the world and why
Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai. I love the bright lights and the tall ceiling, and I won a Junior World Championship gold medal in that pool

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2021 WORLD SHORT-COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS, ABU DHABI
GOLD 100m Freestyle
GOLD 200m Freestyle
BRONZE 400m Freestyle
2020 OLYMPIC GAMES, TOKYO
SILVER 100m Freestyle
SILVER 200m Freestyle
2017 UNIVERSIADE, TAIPEI
GOLD 100m Freestyle
GOLD 200m Freestyle
2014 ASIAN GAMES, INCHEON
BRONZE 4x100m Freestyle Relay
BRONZE 4x200m Freestyle Relay
BRONZE 4x100m Medley Relay
2014 SUMMER YOUTH OLYMPICS, NANJING
SILVER 100m Freestyle
SILVER 200m Individual Medley
2013 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, DUBAI
GOLD 100m Freestyle
BRONZE 50m Freestyle
2013 EAST ASIAN GAMES, TIANJIN
SILVER 200m Individual Medley
SILVER 50m Freestyle
BRONZE 100m Freestyle
BRONZE 200m Freestyle
BRONZE 4x100m Freestyle Relay
BRONZE 4x200m Freestyle Relay
BRONZE 4x100m Medley Relay

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Powerfin Pro
RuleBreaker Hooked Reversible
Elite Hand Paddle 2
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