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

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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.

Mark Spitz Mark Spitz
American

Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte
American

Missy Franklin Missy Franklin
Canadian, American

Justin Norris Justin Norris
Australian

Dawn Fraser Dawn Fraser
Australian

Princess Charlene Princess Charlene of Monaco
South African, Zimbabwean
Wim HofWim Hof
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Milind SomanMilind Soman
Indian, British

Till LindemannTill Lindemann
German

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
Romanian, American

Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
American
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
South African

Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
Australian

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

Sun YangSun Yang
Chinese
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
Australian

Adam PeatyAdam Peaty
British
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
American

Victoria ArlenVictoria Arlen
American

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British
Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
Italian

Diana NyadDiana Nyad
American
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
American

Summer SandersSummer Sanders
American

Dara TorresDara Torres
American
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
American
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Lynne CoxLynne Cox
American
Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
French

Michelle SmithMichelle Smith
Irish

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
Brazilian

Shane GouldShane Gould
Australian
Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
American

Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
Australian

Martin StrelMartin Strel
Slovenian

Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
American
Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean

Jason LezakJason Lezak
American

Janet EvansJanet Evans
American

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
American

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
American
César CieloCésar Cielo
Brazilian

Grant HackettGrant Hackett
Australian
Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
South African

Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
Dutch

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
British
Matt GreversMatt Grevers
American

Cullen JonesCullen Jones
American
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
Australian

Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
Dutch

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
American

Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
Australian

Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
American
Victor DavisVictor Davis
Canadian

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
French

Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
Australian

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
British
Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
Spanish

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
Australian
Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
Australian

Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
Russian

Caitlin McClatcheyCaitlin McClatchey
British
Uğur TanerUğur Taner
Turkish

Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
Romanian
Sarah PriceSarah Price
British

Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
American

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
Lithuanian