Kristel Arianne Köbrick Schimpl was born in Chile on August 9, 1985 in a home that was very stimulating for athletes: she is the daughter of a couple of physical education teachers and her two sisters have also practiced competitive swimming. Her elementary school education was at the Colegio Alemán (German School) in Santiago, while for secondary school she went to the school for athletes Athletic Study Center. Together with her ongoing sports training, Kristel is studying English Language Education.
With innate conditions for swimming and facing challenges, when she was 18 she moved to Córdoba, Argentina, in an attempt to consolidate her sports career. She integrated a new training system – which includes physical preparation and yoga – with the constant support of her coach Daniel Garimaldi.
She has broken Chilean and South American records in her successful athletic career. She has broken the South American record in the 400 meter and 1,500 meter freestyle in 50-meter pools. In 25 meter pools she broke the South American record in the 800 meter freestyle in Berlin and the 1,500 meter freestyle record in Brazil. At the recent World Championship in Rome she came in a meritorious fourth place in the final of the 1,500 meters in open water.
The Chilean Association of Sports Reporters has recognized as the best athlete in the category of swimming since 2003. In addition, the Las Condes Local Sports Council awarded her the prize for best elite athlete in 2003 and 2004. In addition, she received the International Olympic Solidarity Grant and was the flag-bearer for the Chilean delegation at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Her successes and her athletic spirit have been an incentive for boys and girls to get involved in water sports.