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Team Denmark unveils swimming team for Rio 2016

Jeanette Ottesen, Lotte Friis, Rikke Møller Pedersen, Mie Ø. Nielsen and Viktor Bromer to represent Dannebrog

Danes reveal strong swimming team (photo: Dansk Svømmeunion)
November 4th, 2015 4:21 pm| by Christian W
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Team Denmark has picked five swimmers to be part of the Danish Olympic team participating in the 2016 Olympics in Rio next summer.

Jeanette Ottesen, Lotte Friis, Rikke Møller Pedersen, Mie Ø Nielsen and Viktor Bromer were selected today by the Danish athletics association DFI in co-operation with the national swimming association Dansk Svømmeunion.

“All five swimmers are among the elite and have delivered results at the European Championships and World Championships over the past year,” said Lars Green Bach, the sporting director of Dansk Svømmeunion.

“We know that the Olympic Games always offer close races, but we also know that the swimmers have the potential to make an impact in the finals.”

READ MORE: Team Danmark had a good Olympics, but how did their predictions fare?

Lamenting London
Danish swimming is aiming to rebound from a poor showing at the 2012 Olympics in London where they came away with no medals to show for their efforts.

Back then, Team Denmark had expected its swimmers to win at least one medal, but the Danes disappointed in the pool.

Despite that setback, expectations for Rio remain optimistic.

“I won’t try to hide the fact that I expect the swimmers to win medals,” said Morten Rodtwitt, DIF’s Olympic chief of mission.

Team Denmark still have a few more selections to make, including its relay teams.

The swimmers:


Lotte Friis

Age: 27
Discipline: 800-metre freestyle
Earlier Olympic results: 2008 in Beijing (bronze medal), 2012 in London (4th, 5th and 6th)
Olympic, Euro and World Champ medals: 8 golds, 10 silvers and 4 bronzes

Jeanette Ottesen

Age: 27
Discipline: 100-metre butterfly
Earlier Olympic results: 2012 in London (6th and 7th)
Olympic, Euro and World Champ medals: 15 golds, 13 silvers and 13 bronzes

Rikke Møller Pedersen

Age: 26
Discipline: 200-metre breaststroke
Earlier Olympic results: 2012 in London (4th, 7th and 8th)
Olympic, Euro and World Champ medals: 13 golds, 6 silvers and 6 bronzes
Current world record holder in 200-metre breaststroke

Mie Østergaard Nielsen

Age: 19
Discipline: 100-metre backstroke
Earlier Olympic results: 2012 in London (6th, 7th and 17th)
Olympic, Euro and World Champ medals: 8 golds, 3 silvers and 6 bronzes

Viktor Bromer

Age: 22
Discipline: 200-metre butterfly
Earlier Olympic results: None
Olympic, Euro and World Champ medals: 1 gold and 1 silver