Michael Andrew

  • Birth Place: Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States
  • Profession: Swimmer
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  • Both parents are native South Africans who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s.
  • Mother was a cast member on the sports entertainment TV show UK Gladiators in the mid-1990s, performing under the name Laser.
  • Trains primarily at a two-lane swimming facility in the backyard of the family home, where his father, a former diver in the South African Navy, serves as his coach.
  • Utilizes a controversial training method called ultra-short, race-pace training, or USRPT, which calls for a swimmer to practice at optimal speed and puts less emphasis on distance training.
  • Signed his first endorsement deal in 2013 at the age of 14, making him the youngest professional swimmer in United States history.
  • Has broken over 70 National Age Group records during a prodigious youth swimming career.
  • Won five medals at the 2015 World Junior Championships, including gold in the 50m backstroke.
  • Signed a multi-year partnership with Adidas in 2015.


  • Michaela Andrew — Sister
  • Peter Andrew — Father
  • Tina Andrew — Mother

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