List of famous swimmers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

A swimmer is an athlete who swims, especially to participate in competitive swimming events. Swimming is a water based sport that became popular in the 19th century. As a recreational activity, swimming had been around for centuries; the earliest recorded evidence of swimming dates back to Stone Age paintings. In competitive swimming, the swimmers attempt to constantly improve upon one’s time or strive to surpass the competitors in a given event. The Summer Olympic Games include 16 swimming events for male and female athletes which are held in a 50-meter pool called a long course pool. The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the international governing body for competitive swimming. There are four major styles of swimming—freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly stroke. Competitive events may be held in one or all of these styles. Swimmers need to be powerful and need to create muscle power in order to build resistance. It is especially important for swimmers to have strong abdominal muscles. Due to their continued exposure to water and the sun, swimmers have to take great care of their skin and hair to prevent damage to them. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous swimmers from all over the world.

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
(Romanian,American)
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
(South African)

Wim HofWim Hof
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
(German)
Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)

Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
(American)
Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
(Australian)
Ryan LochteRyan Lochte
(American)

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
(American)

Diana NyadDiana Nyad
(American)
João HavelangeJoão Havelange
(Brazilian)
Summer SandersSummer Sanders
(American)

Sun YangSun Yang
(Chinese)
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
(American)
Dara TorresDara Torres
(American)

Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
(Australian)
Lynne CoxLynne Cox
(American)
Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
(Dutch)

Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
(American)
Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
(Australian)
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
(Australian)

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
(South African)
Grant HackettGrant Hackett
(Australian)
Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
(British)

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
(American)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
(French)

Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
(Italian)
Janet EvansJanet Evans
(American)
Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
(American)

Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
(American)
Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
(Australian)
Jason LezakJason Lezak
(American)

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
(American)
Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
(Dutch)
Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
(American)

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
(Zimbabwean)
Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
(Australian)
Martin StrelMartin Strel
(Slovenian)

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
(American)
Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(American)
Cullen JonesCullen Jones
(American)

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
(French)
Liam TancockLiam Tancock
(British)
Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
(Australian)

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
(Australian)
Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
(Spanish)
Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
(Russian)

Cesar Cielo FilhoCesar Cielo Filho
(Brazilian)
Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
(American)
Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
(Romanian)

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
(Lithuanian)
Uğur TanerUğur Taner
(Turkish)