Sitting across from a friend that you have not seen in years, listening intently at a table nestled in a vibrant outdoor seating section of a well-attended café by the upwardly mobile, she pauses after you ask, “How did things turn out?”

She replies, “Things didn’t turn out the way that I thought they would.”

Well now, what would you interpret that to mean? Does that mean that things turned out worse than expected? It usually does, doesn’t it?

But not always.

As the expression goes, that’s why you play the games, because sometimes things not turning out the way you thought they would can actually be a great thing.

It turned out much better than you thought.

Surely that was the case when the gorgeous blonde Danish swimmer Pernille Blume won the gold medal during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio., article, photo via

The informative industry site reports, “At the Rio Olympics, one of the last Olympic gold medalists in swimming was one of the most unexpected. The then-22-year old Pernille Blume had never won an individual medal of any color at an international meet of significance – either World long course, World short course, or European championship meets. The one-time swimming prodigy seemed as though she may have plateaued and missed her chance to enter the pantheon of great Danish swimmers.”


Would you say that things turned out far better for Pernille than most following her career had expected?, article, photo via

Some people actually say what they are thinking out loud. At they muse, “It’s unlikely that Danish swimmer Pernille Blume will end up on the medal podium at the Rio Olympics, but there’s a good chance a camera will catch Blume and she’ll go viral on Twitter or some other form of social media.

It’s the Olympics and hot women at the Olympics are a single IG upload or camera shot away from instant stardom. Blume, 22, could be that star, especially if she pulls off a miracle and ends up in the finals and gets a block next to an American.”

Does her foundation place her in a position for that very thing to happen?

She got off to a very slow start.

Pernille swims for the Sigma Nordsjælland club in Denmark.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Pernille competed for the Danish team in five different events.

In the 50 meter freestyle she failed to advance beyond the heats having finished 8th in her race and 26th fastest overall. In the 100 meter freestyle she again was eliminated in the first round after finishing 6th in her heat and 19th fastest overall.

Things do begin to improve.

At the 2014 World Short Course Championships, Blume and her teammates won a gold medal and set a new world record as they won the 4 × 50 meter medley relay. The quartet also won the gold medal in the 4 × 100 meter medley relay.

In April 2017 Pernille Blume participated in the Stockholm Swim Open; in the 50 m freestyle event she came second behind Sarah Sjöström with a time of 24.15.

Her success in winning the gold was not a mist in the wind., article, photo via zimbio

As reported at on March 10, 2017, “The 2016 Olympic gold medalist Pernille Blume dominated the first day of the Edinburgh International Swim Meet.

The two-time Olympic medalist crushed the 50m freestyle in her post-Rio debut. The Danish swimmer touched at an impressive 24.68, securing the sixth fastest time of her own swimming career. Later in the day she swam even faster, touching with a winning time of 24.51, the fifth fastest time in the world this season.”

They add, “The 22-year-old swam her best time of 24.07 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games this past summer, becoming the first Danish swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal since Karen Harup at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Blume was Denmark’s flag bearer at the closing ceremonies in Rio.”

Well as predicted, Pernille has obtained and earned global recognition. Some of it has been in very high places., article, omega watches photo credit

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The premier watchmaker at praise, “Pernille Blume is a talented Danish swimmer who has won many championship medals, including gold and bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.”

She wears their watch. For a very sweet Danish price no doubt.

We’ve always loved sweet Danish. Don’t you?

Pernille hails from Herlev, which is a suburb about 9 kilometers northwest of Copenhagen, Denmark.

For a moment, let’s relax in Copenhagen., article, photo via The Telegraph

Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. The city has a population of 763,908. The larger urban area has a population of approximately 1.3 million (as of 1 January 2016), while the Copenhagen metropolitan area has just over 2 million inhabitants.

Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century.

The national site informs, “Mayors, town planners and politicians from all over the world have often visited Copenhagen in recent years to study its bicycle traffic, district heating system or its waste management. In various respects Copenhagen is a role model for many of the world’s big cities when it comes to sustainable town development.”

And what a capital it is. Time for some fun.

The world travelers at Lonely Planet are always great to hang out with and they love Copenhagen. “Copenhagen is the epitome of Scandi cool. Modernist lamps light New Nordic tables, bridges buzz with cycling commuters and eye-candy locals dive into pristine waterways.”

Speaking of eye candy.

Okay, Lonely Planet. Sorry for the interruption. Please continue., article, Noma_DanGiusti_SCoghillphoto credit

“In recent years, sous chefs from numerous high-profile kitchens have spread their own wings, opening a string of thrilling new eateries where culinary prowess comes with a more approachable price tag. Across the city, a wave of eateries are plating pure, organic produce from their own greenhouses, gardens and farms.

Only here does the morning rush of cyclists look more like a runway show on wheels. Forget Milan; when it comes to style, it’s hard to beat Copenhagen’s denizens. Few people have such a knack for effortless cool, driven by a reverence for simplicity, detail and understated beauty.”

Very stylish. Very cool. Very Pernille., article, photo via

She’s an incredible understated beauty who was, well, underestimated.

So if you were to sit down at the corner table of a cool, hipster outside Denmark café and be able to ask Pernille how have things turned out?

No interpretation is necessary.

Now you know the answer.

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Pernille blume wins Olympic gold 2016 women finale 50m swimming

Denmark’s Blume wins gold in Women’s 50m Freestyle