Biography:

After watching London 2012 and the amazing performances by Brent Hayden and Ryan Cochrane, Markus Thormeyer asked himself “Why can’t that be me?”. Since then he’s committed himself to representing Team Canada. Thormeyer qualified for his first senior national team in 2015 after finishing second in both the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the Canadian Trials. At the Pan Am Games in Toronto he swam the morning heats for the 4x100m freestyle relay that won silver and made the final of the 100m backstroke. He also swam in the 4x100m freestyle relay in his Olympic debut at Rio 2016. Thormeyer had competed in his first major international event in 2013, finishing 19th in the 200m backstroke, 21st in the 100m backstroke and 29th in the 50m backstroke at the FINA World Junior Championships. He returned to the world juniors in 2015, reaching the finals of the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle and missing the finals by one spot in the 50m freestyle and 200m backstroke. Thormeyer first represented Canada when he was just 12-years-old at the North American Challenge Cup in 2010.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Martin and Mabel Thormeyer… Older brother Alex… Moved from Ontario to Vancouver at age 12… Getting into the Sport: Started swimming at age 8 at a summer camp… At his first meet when he was 9 he stopped 150m into the 200m freestyle… Outside Interests: Enjoys colouring and watching Netflix… Favourite movie: Pitch Perfect… Guilty pleasure is the TV show Gossip Girl… Hopes to pursue a career in Environmental Studies… Graduated high school in 2015… Committed to UBC for the fall of 2016, turning down USC… Odds and Ends: His pre-race music is usually Ariana Grande… Favourite pre-race food is bread… Nickname: Marquenis… Collects his deck passes from all his competitions and keeps them in his bag…