After watching London 2012 and the amazing performances by Brent Hayden and Ryan Cochrane, Markus Thormeyer asked himself “Why can’t that be me?”. Four years later, he made his Olympic debut at Rio 2016 as a member of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay that finished seventh. A year later, he competed at his first FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary where he won bronze as a member of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay team and was on the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team that advanced to the final.

In 2018, Thormeyer enjoyed an international breakthrough in an individual event when he won 100m backstroke bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. He also posted a fifth place finish in the 200m backstroke. Later in the year he was a finalist in the 100m backstroke at the Pan Pacific Championships and just missed the podium with the men’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay teams.

At the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials, Thormeyer broke a 10-year-old national record in the men’s 100m backstroke, shaving 0.28 off the mark held by Pascal Wolloch since July 2009 with his time of 53.35 seconds.

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. Thormeyer had competed in his first major international event in 2013, 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.

A little more about Markus…

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: Avatar… Studying environmental science at the University of British Columbia… Odds and Ends: Usually listens to chill or sad music behind the blocks… Favourite pre-race food is bread… Nickname: Marquenis… Collects his deck passes from all his competitions and keeps them in his bag…