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Eric Hedlin

Eric Hedlin Canadian swimmer

Canadian swimmer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Canadian swimmer
Countries Canada
Occupations Athlete Swimmer
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 April 1993, Calgary, Canada
Age: 26 years
Star sign AriesAries
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
The University of Victoria
The details

Eric Hedlin (born April 18, 1993) is a Canadian long-distance swimmer. Hedlin won a silver medal in the men's open water 5 km swim at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships.


Hedlin began his notable international career competing in Randy Bennett's Victoria Swim Academy that also includes major Canadian World and Olympic medalist Ryan Cochrane who is also a long distance swimmer. As a member of the Canadian swim team he won a bronze medal at the 2013 Summer Universiade in the men's 800 m freestyle.

Hedlin qualified for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships by finishing 16th at the FINA World Cup event in Cancun Mexico in April of that year. This put him into the 5 km race where he was in a dogfight with former World Champion Thomas Lurz and Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli. Hedlin said of the race that " "I am really happy, because I didn't expect [to beat Lurz]. It felt pretty good. I was trying to hold a top position and stay in everyone's draft. In the final sprint, Oussama was so much quicker than me, and I couldn't do anything to beat him." Hedlin was honored with Swimming Canada's 2013 People's Choice Race of the Year award for his performance in this race.

In April 2017, Hedlin was named to Canada's 2017 World Aquatics Championships team in Budapest, Hungary.

Personal life

Although Hedlin was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he lived in San Diego, California from the age of a few months until he graduated from La jolla high school. At that time he returned to Canada to train in swimming and to attend the University of Victoria. His older sister, Dr. Margot Hedlin, is a physician training at NYU Medicine, and his younger brother, Paul Hedlin, is currently a student at the Vancouver School of Economics, at the University of British Columbia.

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