Swimmers

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.

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 1 Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps.
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Famous As: Swimmer
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.

 2 Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky.
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 3 Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte.
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Famous As: Champion Swimmer
Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York

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.

 4 Johnny Weissmuller

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

 5 Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz.
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 6 Adam Peaty

Adam Peaty
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uttoxeter Uttoxeter, England
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 7 Caeleb Dressel

Caeleb Dressel
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States
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 8 Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin.
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Famous As: Olympics Gold Medalist Swimmer
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pasadena
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 9 Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bremerton

 10 Sun Yang

Sun Yang
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hangzhou
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 11 Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin.
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vallejo, California

 12 Chad le Clos

Chad le Clos
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Famous As: Swimmer
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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 13 Dara Torres

Dara Torres
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beverly Hills

 14 Katinka Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary
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 15 Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser.
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: September 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balmain

Dawn Fraser is an Australian freestyle champion swimmer. She won the Olympic individual event the women's 100-meter freestyle three times in her career. She also won six Commonwealth Games gold medals. Much respected for her athletic abilities, she was also known for her controversial behavior. She became a swimming coach after her retirement. She is also a former politician.

 16 Amy Van Dyken

Amy Van Dyken
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
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 17 Sarah Sjöström

Sarah Sjöström
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salem, Stockholm County, Sweden

 18 Rowdy Gaines

Rowdy Gaines
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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 19 Janet Evans

Janet Evans
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fullerton

 20 Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane
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 21 Shane Gould

Shane Gould
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 22 Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southport
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 23 Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse

 24 Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danvers

 25 Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe
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Famous As: Swimmer, Autobiographer
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. 

 26 Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene of Monaco.
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Famous As: Princess consort of Monaco
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bulawayo
Charlene, Princess of Monaco, was once an Olympic swimmer and represented South Africa at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. She met her husband, Prince Albert, at a swimming competition. She now owns the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and works for causes related to AIDS, sports, and underprivileged children.
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 27 Leisel Jones

Leisel Jones
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katherine

 28 Jason Lezak

Jason Lezak
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellflower
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 29 Matt Biondi

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

 30 Aaron Peirsol

Aaron Peirsol
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: July 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States
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 31 Alexander Popov

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

 32 Esther Williams

Esther Williams
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Famous As: American swimmer
Birthdate: August 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: June 6, 2013

 33 Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku
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Famous As: Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player
Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Honolulu
Died: January 22, 1968

 34 Laszlo Cseh

Laszlo Cseh
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
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 35 Joseph Schooling

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

 36 Shavarsh Karapetyan

Shavarsh Karapetyan
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Famous As: Finswimmer
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia
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 37 Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 38 Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch
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Famous As: Aviator, Free-diver
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Austria

 39 Pieter van den Hoogenband

Pieter van den Hoogenband
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Famous As: Dutch swimmer
Birthdate: March 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maastricht

 40 Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield

Rebecca Adlington made headlines with her double-gold win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which she aced both the 400m and 800m freestyle events. After retiring at 23, she has worked for BBC as a sports pundit and participated in shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

 41 Rebecca Soni

Rebecca Soni
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: March 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Freehold

 42 Inge de Bruijn

Inge de Bruijn
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barendrecht, Netherlands

 43 Kieren Perkins

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

 44 Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders
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Famous As: Swimmer, Television actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Roseville

 45 Gary Hall Jr.

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

 46 Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir

Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 47 Buster Crabbe

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

 48 Krisztina Egerszegi

Krisztina Egerszegi
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 49 Yuliya Yefimova

Yuliya Yefimova
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: April 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grozny, Russia

 50 Federica Pellegrini

Federica Pellegrini
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Famous As: Italian swimmer
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mirano
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