Sierra Schmidt does K-Pop choreography at Olympic Swimming Trials


  • American swimmer Sierra Schmidt competes in the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • His exuberant pre-race dance routines have garnered attention online.
  • Fans of K-pop girl group Twice realized Schmidt was performing the group’s choreography.
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American swimmer Sierra Schmidt is competing this week at the Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, but she is drawing attention online for her activity by the pool: incredibly energetic dance routines featuring a choreography created by the group of K-pop Twice Girls.

Schmidt, who is 23, is well known for her habit of dancing before the race, which The swimming world reported in 2015. This week, images of Schmidt dancing before the races were circulating on Twitter, with people demanding to know what she was listening to.

In a clip posted to Twitter on Monday by the official NBC Olympics account, Schmidt can be seen making his groove ahead of the 1500M race.

Although Schmidt listened to music in his headphones before the races, fans quickly recognized the dance moves of Twice’s single “Cheer Up” in 2016

Although Schmidt did not explicitly confirm that she was listening to Twice before her run, the swimmer did retweet a Tweeter from PopSugar on Thursday who said, “We see you dancing on @JYPETWICE.”

Twice are a nine-member K-pop girl group that debuted under entertainment company JYP Entertainment in 2015. The group recently released an EP titled “Taste of Love.” with the first single “Alcohol-Free”.

On Twitter and TikTok, videos of Schmidt performing the choreography of “Cheer Up,” as well as the group’s 2017 single “Likey” circulated among fans who overlaid the footage with the original songs.

“Glad to see the Olympic Trials once,” a viral TikTok read on screen, referring to the official name of Twice – Once fans.

Schmidt, a University of Michigan student who ranked among the top 10 swimmers in the United States in the 400, 800 and 1500 free meters in 2019, is so well known for her dancing habit that she has earned the nickname “Dancing Queen”. KDSK reported.

“Everyone has their own pre-race routine”, Schmidt said Billy Penn, a Philadelphia News Site. “And to me, it’s, it’s dance… Mine is just a little more unique.”

While Schmidt did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle finals, his next race is Friday morning in the preliminary round of the 800m freestyle, PopSugar reported.

Earlier in the week, Schmidt shared his 2021 dance playlist on Twitter. Judging by his selections, which includes not only music from Twice but other K-pop groups like Red Velvet, IOI, Blackpink and Everglow, Schmidt is not only a prominent swimmer, she is also well acquainted with K-pop celebrity.

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