Sarah Sjostrom Says She Wants To Swim At The 2028 Olympic Games

Olympic Champion and world record holder Sarah Sjostrom is far from done with her career. According to an interview she did with SwimmingWorld Magazine, she plans on going for the 2028 Olympic Games set to occur in Los Angeles, California.

“Definitely. (It’s) very unlikely I am not doing it.” Sjostrom said of LA. “Paris will be the first one and I try to always take one year at a time – that is the main thing. Maybe I’ll find out in two years (and) I’m like ‘ah, no, I’m done’ but I don’t think so…I think I am going to continue for much longer.”

If she competes, LA 2028 will mark Sjostrom’s 20th straight year competing on the international stage. In addition, she will also be 35 years old shortly after the Games conclude and one of the oldest swimmers in her competition field.

Sjostrom made her first Olympic appearance at the Beijing 2008 games when she was only 15 years old. She also swam at the 2012, 2016, and 2020 Olympic games, where she earned a combined one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal. If she swims at both the Paris 2024 and LA 2028 games, she will have competed at six different Olympics, which is a feat that has only been completed by four other swimmers: Sweden’s Therese Alshammar and Lars Forlander, Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli, and Turkey’s Derya Buyukuncu.

Even if Sjostrom were to retire now, her career would have exhibited incredible longevity. She won her first World Championship gold in 2009 when she was 16, and now, 13 years later, she just picked up two more golds at the 2022 World Championships at the age of 29. A year ago, Sjostrom broke her elbow a few months prior to the Tokyo Olympics, and she still managed to win 50 free silver at that meet in a display of incredible resilience.

Sjostrom is currently the world record holder in the long course 50/100 free and 50/100 fly, as well as the short course 4×50 medley relay. Her 19 individual World Championship medals, three of which she earned this year, is more than any other female swimmer in history and only one medal shy of Michael Phelps‘ record total of 20 individual medals. In addition, her total of 28 medals from the European Championships is the most out of any swimmer in the competition’s history.

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Brownish
2 months ago

Katinka can swim the 6th in Paris

Troyy
Reply to  Brownish
2 months ago

Didn’t she change her mind about going to Paris?

Alison England
Reply to  Brownish
2 months ago

I think she said she wants to have a baby.

CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

now that’s… that’s mother right here. mothers of all mothers. iconic

Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

Of course she will say that to extend her contracts with her sponsors.
She is loving those “Vitamin Well Sverige” and “Arena” monthly paychecks.

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

Her sponsors also probably noticed that she won gold at Worlds this year.

Argentina on top 🇦🇷
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 months ago

She won the 50 free because Mckeon and Shayna Jack were absent. That won’t happen next year in Fukuoka and Paris.

50 fly isn’t an Olympic event and she earned a medal in the 100 free because Siobhan (injury) and Emma were absent.

Btw, Emma resumed training in late March and still managed to swim 23.9 in the summer. 😉😉

Troyy
Reply to  Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

Jack wasn’t beating her even if she didn’t have the accident.

Obese Legend
Reply to  Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

I doubt Shayna Jack could swim 23.9 or faster.

Melanie
Reply to  Obese Legend
2 months ago

With some magic juice she could.

commonwombat
Reply to  Melanie
2 months ago

Ah, yes; her little “supplements issue” !!

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

You heard it here first, this guy’s calling Sjostrom not winning the 50 free again…but McKeon’s a big favorite over her going forward.

Sjostrom’s not even a year older than McKeon, and her time this year was less than 2 tenths off what McKeon did to win in Tokyo. Clown rationale broh.

Carlim
Reply to  Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

Mckon não tem a mesma longevidade de Sarah dak a 2 anos será q mckon ainda nadara bem como sarah nada

Coach Tom
Reply to  Argentina on top 🇦🇷
2 months ago

One of those is a Swedish vitamin drink, and the other is a swimwear company. I’m pretty sure both will still want to do business with the most decorated Swedish swimmer of all time, even after she is retired from international competition.

maximum mchuge
2 months ago

Off topic, but did you guys see Lorne Wigginton committed to u of m? Canadian Multi time A finalist at JPPs this year.

LBWIM
Reply to  maximum mchuge
2 months ago

nope

Owlmando
2 months ago

GOAT stuff

NB1
2 months ago

Keith Richards would like to see her in Brisbane too

still love dean farris
2 months ago

Badass mf

Ghost
2 months ago

Ous is from Tunisia, not Turkey!

If Sarah just swims 50 free, she can do it! She has trim down her line up quite a lot lately!

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