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Selling Sunset Fans Aren't Convinced By Emma's Olympic History

Selling Sunset Fans Aren't Convinced By Emma's Olympic History

Something isn't adding up here...

Selling Sunset fans are pretty confused after hearing blonde bombshell Emma Hernan's claims that she was once an Olympic-qualified swimmer before she became a luxury real estate agent.

The fifth season of the addictive reality series dropped on Netflix last Friday, and viewers are swiftly making their way through every drama-filled episode.

Since the diving into the new season, fans have had a lot of questions about Emma's backstory.

Throughout the season, Emma made a number of bold claims, from matching with Ben Affleck on exclusive dating app Raya to losing a client after Christine Quinn 'bribed' them with $5,000.

What stood out to many Selling Sunset fanatics, though, was when Emma casually tells developer Micah she had been such a good swimmer in her teens that she had qualified for the Olympics.

Taking to Twitter after the Emma swiftly moved on from the subject, one confused fan asked: "HOW DID EMMA INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET AT FOURTEEN? HOW WAS SHE SIMULTANEOUSLY AN OLYMPIC SWIMMER? #SellingSunset".

And it looks like plenty of other fans were wondering the same thing.

Did Emma really qualify for the Olympics?(

Thankfully for us curious Selling Sunset viewers, Emma's alleged Olympic swimming background got the attention of swimming news organisation SwimSwam, who did some digging.

In their research, they wrote: "It’s unclear exactly what Hernan meant when she said that she swam a time that qualified for the Olympics. In order to qualify for the Olympics as an American, you must first qualify for Olympic Trials and then in order to qualify for the Olympic team, you must place within the top two in an individual event at Trials while also swimming under the FINA A standard."

After hunting for any data on Emma's personal best time, they discovered that there were no records of anyone under the name Emma Hernan in any US swimming databases or even from the results of her Massachusetts High School State Championship meets.

There is no record of Emma qualifying for the Olympics. (

They concluded: "While Hernan probably did swim somewhere, we just can’t find any evidence - and certainly not the kind of evidence that would exist for a swimmer who had times that qualified for the Olympics by age 16."


After learning that proof of Emma's impressive teen swimming career was nowhere to be found, fans were even more confused, pondering why the reality star would lie.

Sharing the findings, one Selling Sunset viewer tweeted: "Idk why it bothered me so much when Emma on #SellingSunset said that 'she qualified for the Olympics'. I just knew she was lying. Why lie about swim results? They’re online!"

Fans are even more confused now. (

A second wrote: "After 17 years of competitive swimming (and working in TV), I can say NO Emma from Selling Sunset did not 'qualify' for the Olympics.

"You don’t qualify without going to Olympic Trials which she never did. There’s also no record of her competing, anywhere, it’s such a funny lie!"

And another replied: "That bothered me so much!! What crazy thing to lie about"

Tyla has contacted Emma's representatives for a comment.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV And Film, Netflix, Selling Sunset