Male Swimmers

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Michael Phelps
(Won 28 Olympic Medals in Swimming)

Michael Phelps
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Birthdate: June 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The most decorated and successful Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps is a former competitive swimmer who has won a total of 28 Olympic medals. He is widely considered one of the greatest athletes ever and the greatest swimmer of all time. He has several world records and Olympic records under his belt.

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Ryan Lochte
(Swimmer)

Ryan Lochte
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Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

Swimmer Ryan Lochte has won 12 Olympic medals, including six golds, and is the joint-second-most-decorated swimmer in the history of Olympics. He is known for his expertise in freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, and individual categories. He was suspended for vandalism while in Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Caeleb Dressel
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Birthdate: August 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States

Caeleb Dressel is an American swimmer. A seven-time Olympic gold medalist, Dressel became the fifth American to win five or more gold medals in a single Olympic event since 1970 when he won five gold medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He also holds world records in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter butterfly, and 100 meter individual medley.

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Mark Spitz
(Swimmer and Nine-time Olympic Champion)

Mark Spitz
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Birthdate: February 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States

Best known for winning 7 gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Mark Spitz has been one of the most successful swimmers of all time. After retiring at then tender age of 22, he tried his luck I the entertainment world, appearing on shows such as Emergency!

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Adam Peaty
(Swimmer)

Adam Peaty
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Birthdate: December 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uttoxeter Uttoxeter, England

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Sun Yang
(Swimmer)

Sun Yang
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Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hangzhou

Sun Yang is a Chinese competitive swimmer best known for winning three Olympic gold medals. Sun has also won 11 FINA World Championships and nine gold medals at Asian Games. Sun is the first man in the history of competitive swimming to win the World Championship and Olympic gold medals at every single freestyle distance between 200 and 1500 meters.

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Chad le Clos
(Swimmer)

Chad le Clos
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Birthdate: April 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Olympic gold medalist South African swimmer Chad le Clos, who plays for the club Energy Standard, also holds records in the 50- and 100-m butterfly categories in the Commonwealth Games. He is one of his nation’s most-decorated Olympians but failed to get a medal in the 2020 Olympics.

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Nathan Adrian
(Five-time Olympic gold medalist Swimmer who formerly held the American record in the long course 50-meter freestyle event)

Nathan Adrian
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Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington, United States

Nathan Adrian is an American swimmer who helped his team win a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Adrian then went on to win gold medals in the 4×100-meter medley relay and the 100-meter freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the 2016 Olympics, he once again helped his team win a gold medal.

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Rowdy Gaines
(Swimmer)

Rowdy Gaines
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Birthdate: February 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States

Rowdy Gaines is an American swimming analyst for NBC and retired competitive swimmer. Gaines won three gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He also won five gold medals at the FINA World Championships before becoming an analyst; he has covered swimming events at the Olympics since 1992. Rowdy Gaines is a member of the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Grant Hackett
(Swimmer)

Grant Hackett
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Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southport

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Ian Thorpe
(Swimmer, Autobiographer)

Ian Thorpe
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Birthdate: October 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

Ian Thorpe is an Australian retired swimmer who won five Olympic gold medals. He predominantly competed in freestyle but was also skilled at backstroke and the individual medley. He emerged as the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics, with three gold and two silver medals. He is openly gay and often talks about the challenges of being homosexual. 

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Matt Biondi
(Swimmer)

Matt Biondi
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Birthdate: October 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palo Alto

Initially interested in both swimming and water polo, Matt Biondi participated in his first swimming race at age 5. One of the greatest swimmers of all time, he has won 11 Olympic medals, of which 8 are gold medals. Post-retirement, he teaches math and works as a swimming coach in Hawaii.  

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Joseph Schooling
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Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore

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Laszlo Cseh
(Swimmer)

Laszlo Cseh
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Birthdate: December 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

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Alexander Popov
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Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lesnoy, Russia

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Jason Lezak
(Swimmer)

Jason Lezak
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Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellflower

Apart from winning 8 Olympic medals, of which 4 were gold medals, Jason Lezak also showed a keen interest in other sports such as basketball, water polo, and soccer, in his initial days. Post-retirement, he and his wife, fellow Olympian Danielle DeAlva began coaching children. He is also a motivational speaker.

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Duke Kahanamoku
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Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: January 22, 1968

Duke Kahanamoku was an American competitive swimmer and surfer. He is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian surfing. As a swimmer, Kahanamoku won three gold medals in two different Olympics. Kahanamoku was inducted into both the Surfing Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He has been also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Aaron Peirsol
(Swimmer)

Aaron Peirsol
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Birthdate: July 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States

Swimmer Aaron Peirsol has 7 Olympic medals in his kitty, of which 5 are gold medals. The political science major enjoys surfing, too. An environmentalist, he also teamed up with Oceana to work for the Race for the Oceans campaign. His interests also include blues music, and he is already planning an album.

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Shavarsh Karapetyan
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Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia

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Buster Crabbe
(Swimmer)

Buster Crabbe
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Birthdate: February 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: April 23, 1983

Apart from being an Olympic gold-winning swimmer, Buster Crabbe later also became a well-known actor. He was seen in over 170 movies, with lead roles in series such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee had also penned fitness books and owned a swimming pool company.

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Johnny Weissmuller
(Olympic Swimmer and Actor Who Played Tarzan)

Johnny Weissmuller
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Birthdate: June 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Freidorf, Romania
Died: January 20, 1984

Johnny Weissmuller was an American swimmer and actor. Although Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals and set several world records during his illustrious swimming career, he is best remembered for his portrayal of the title role in the 1932 action-adventure film Tarzan the Ape Man. In 1965, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Pieter van den Hoogenband
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Birthdate: March 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maastricht

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Kieren Perkins
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Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

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João Havelange
(7th President of FIFA)

João Havelange
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Birthdate: May 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: August 16, 2016

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Gary Hall Jr.
(Swimmer)

Gary Hall Jr.
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Birthdate: September 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Apart from winning 10 Olympic medals, including 5 golds, Gary Hall Jr. is also known for his battle with Type 1 diabetes. He was born into a family of Olympic swimmers and was known for his signature boxer-like gestures he resorted to prior to every contest. He also survived a shark attack.

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Kosuke Kitajima
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Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

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Murray Rose
(Swimmer)

Murray Rose
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Birthdate: January 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: April 15, 2012

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Dick Pound
(Lawyer, First president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee)

Dick Pound
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Birthdate: March 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

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Eric Moussambani
(Swimmer at the 2000 Summer Olympics)

Eric Moussambani
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Birthdate: May 31, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

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Ralf Moeller
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Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Recklinghausen, Germany

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Benoît Lecomte
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Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Benoit Lecomte

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Don Schollander
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Birthdate: April 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Don Schollander was introduced to swimming by his swimmer uncle. Though initially interested in football, he later chose swimming as a career option. Post-retirement, he has penned books and has launched a real-estate company. He was also part of the Yale secret society Skull and Bones.

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Pablo Cimadevila
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Birthdate: December 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pontevedra, Spain

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John Naber
(Athlete)

John Naber
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Birthdate: January 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

John Naber is an American retired competitive swimmer, sports broadcaster, writer, and motivational speaker. Naber won four gold medals and a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. A former world record-holder, Naber was honored with the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award in 1977. In 1982, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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Herbert Nitsch
(Aviator, Free-diver)

Herbert Nitsch
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Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Austria

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Justin Norris
(Swimmer)

Justin Norris
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Birthdate: June 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geraldton

Olympic bronze-winning Australian swimmer Justin Norris is known for his mastery in the butterfly and individual medley categories and for his catchphrase, “I’m stoked.” He won three golds at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He is the father of Sabre Norris and her siblings from the YouTube channel The Norris Nuts.

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Michael Gross
(Swimmer)

Michael Gross
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Birthdate: June 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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Florent Manaudou
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Birthdate: November 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villeurbanne, France

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Roland Matthes
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Birthdate: November 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pößneck, Thuringia, East Germany
Died: December 20, 2019

Roland Matthes was a German swimmer famous as the most successful backstroke swimmer of all time. He swam 19 world and 21 European records in various backstroke,  freestyle, butterfly, and medley events between April 1967 and August 1974. After retiring from swimming, he studied medicine at the University of Jena and became an orthopedic surgeon.

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Tom Dolan
(Swimmer)

Tom Dolan
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Birthdate: September 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arlington County, Virginia, United States

Tom Dolan is an American retired competitive swimmer who won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. A former world record-holder, Dolan was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2009, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. After retiring from competitive swimming, Dolan founded the Tom Dolan Swim School.

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César Cielo
(Swimmer)

César Cielo
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Birthdate: January 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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Matthew Mitcham
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Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coopers Plains, Australia

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Julian Kostov
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Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria

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Robert Emmet Odlum
(Diver, Swimmer)

Robert Emmet Odlum
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Birthdate: August 31, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ogdensburg, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1885

Robert Emmet Odlum was an American lifeguard and swimming instructor. Odlum is credited with founding a swimming school called Natatorium in Washington, D.C. where he taught the children of many influential personalities. Robert Emmet Odlum is best remembered for jumping to his death from the Brooklyn Bridge; the jump was a planned gimmick to gain popularity.

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Boy Charlton
(Swimmer)

Boy Charlton
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Birthdate: August 12, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: North Sydney Council
Died: December 10, 1975

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Vladimir Salnikov
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Birthdate: May 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Trevor Baylis
(Swimmer, Inventor)

Trevor Baylis
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Birthdate: May 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

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Duncan Scott
(Swimmer)

Duncan Scott
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Birthdate: May 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alloa, Scotland

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Matthew Webb
(Swimmer, Stunt performer)

Matthew Webb
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Birthdate: January 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dawley, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 24, 1883

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Mack Holton
(Swimmer)

Mack Holton
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Birthdate: April 25, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia