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)

Wim HofWim Hof
Katie LedeckyKatie Ledecky
(American)
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
(German)

Ryan LochteRyan Lochte
(American)
Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
(Australian)
Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
(British)
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
(American)
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
(South African)

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Missy FranklinMissy Franklin
(Canadian,American)

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
(American)
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
(American)
Diana NyadDiana Nyad
(American)

Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Dara TorresDara Torres
(American)
Summer SandersSummer Sanders
(American)

Sun YangSun Yang
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
(Australian)
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
(American)

Lynne CoxLynne Cox
(American)
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
(Australian)
Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
(French)

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
(South African)
Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
(Australian)
Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
(American)

Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
(American)
Grant HackettGrant Hackett
(Australian)
João HavelangeJoão Havelange
(Brazilian)

Jason LezakJason Lezak
(American)
Janet EvansJanet Evans
(American)
Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
(American)

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
(American)
Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
(Italian)
Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
(Dutch)

Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
(Dutch)
Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
(Zimbabwean)
Cullen JonesCullen Jones
(American)

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
(American)
Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
(Australian)
Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
(American)

Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
(Australian)
Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(American)
Martin StrelMartin Strel
(Slovenian)

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
(British)
Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
(Australian)
Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
(Spanish)

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
(Australian)
Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
(Russian)
Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
(American)

Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
(Romanian)
Uğur TanerUğur Taner
(Turkish)