June 28, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Brendan Hansen was done with swimming after two doses of Olympic heartache. The 30-year-old former Haverford High star is feeling a lot better now. Next stop: London. Hansen, who retired from the sport after the Beijing Games but couldn't stay away, made his comeback worthwhile by winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday night in the U.S. Olympic trials. "It was a really pressured day for me," said Hansen, who owns gold medals for relays but no individual gold.
July 21, 2012 |
When Sean Hansen watched his younger brother swim the length of a pool in December 2010 for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the coach side of him saw an athlete who still could contend for an Olympic medal. But, as a brother, he hesitated to say so. He recalled too vividly the scene in Beijing when former Havertown resident Brendan Hansen, devastated by his fourth-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke, found him after the race and "just lost it. " "He was like, 'This isn't fair, I do everything that I'm supposed to do, I always feel like everybody else gets theirs, I'm not getting mine.
July 1, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Conshohocken's Teresa Crippen tried to swim with the mind-set that this attempt at making the London Olympic team was just for her - not for her brother Fran, who died in a 2010 open-water swimming race, and certainly not for the heartening headlines she would have made as a 2012 Olympian. But the loss of Fran still is so palpable for the Crippen family, especially when they're on a big stage in the sport, when the announcer calls out the name "Crippen" and the audience takes extra notice.
June 30, 2012 |
OMAHA - Haverford High graduate Brendan Hansen failed to qualify in a second event for the London Olympics at the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials Friday, finishing fourth in the 200-meter breaststroke to repeat his 2008 trials heartbreak. "I gave it everything I had," said Hansen, 30, who qualified for London earlier this week in the 100-meter breaststroke. "I really didn't make any mistakes tonight. It just wasn't there. " Hansen, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 breaststroke, also finished fourth in the 200 at the 2008 trials, a result that contributed to his decision to retire from competitive swimming after the Beijing Games.
August 6, 2012 |
BRENDAN HANSEN went 2-for-2 in the Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 4 x 100 medley relay on Saturday. Hansen, of Havertown, swam the breaststroke leg of the event, which earned Michael Phelps (butterfly) his record 22nd Olympic medal. Phelps won his fourth gold and sixth medal of the London Games. Matt Grevers (backstroke) and Nathan Adrian (freestyle) swam the other legs. Hansen, 30, was the team captain for the Americans. He took to Twitter to talk about his accomplishments.
August 3, 2011 |
THREE YEARS after retiring after a disappointing Beijing Olympics, Brendan Hansen is once again a champion. Hansen, a graduate of Haverford High who will turn 30 later this month, won the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. nationals last night in Stanford, Calif. The former world-recordholder won the U.S. title with a time of 1:00.08 that was eighth fastest in the world this year. Hansen decided earlier this year to make a comeback and try to make the 2012 U.S. national team, with the goal of winning his first individual Olympic gold medal.
March 31, 2007 |
Michael Phelps has spent plenty of time scaling the highest perch of the medal stand. Ryan Lochte was used to stopping a step or two below. Not anymore. Mr. Runner-up is a world champion. While Phelps remained perfect, winning his fifth straight gold medal at the world championships, another American turned things upside down in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday - if only for a night. Ryan Lochte, a laid-back resident of Daytona Beach, Fla., who sounds as if he just wandered in from the surf, pulled off a stunning upset in the 200-meter backstroke, beating the supposedly invincible Aaron Peirsol with a world-record time.
August 5, 2012 |
LONDON - Brendan Hansen's last Olympic race Saturday gave him a third relay gold and another spot in Olympic history. Four years ago, the Haverford High graduate swam in the U.S. men's 4x100-meter medley relay victory that earned Michael Phelps his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games. On Saturday, Hansen again swam the breaststroke leg for the medley relay team that sent Phelps into retirement on a winning note. Japan finished second, Australia third. "Being a captain of this team and to swim on the last relay with Michael Phelps is a pretty cool way to finish this comeback," said Hansen, 30, who retired after Beijing but returned to swimming in early 2011.
August 18, 2004 |
If that foot-bouncing, shoulder-turning strut that carried Brendan Hansen poolside before his 200-meter breaststroke semifinal yesterday didn't betray his Philly attitude, then his cocky words certainly did. After a surprisingly mediocre fifth-place finish in the morning heats, the world-record holder from Havertown coolly suggested that his rivals hadn't been as clever as he. "I didn't put much effort into it," he said. "I think a lot of people who came out this morning gave it their all. I know I didn't.
August 11, 2008 |
BEIJING - It's not as if this was hard to predict. Havertown native Brendan Hansen finished fourth today in the 100-meter breaststroke, the event in which he held the world record at 59.13 seconds. Japanese rival Kosuke Kitajima won in a world-record 58.91, defending his gold medal won in Athens in 2004 and regaining the world record he held in 2003. Hansen swam over, hugged Kitajima, grasped his hand and said, "Congratulations, man. That's an awesome swim. " And, with his trademark, regretting smile, Hansen swam away.