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.

Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte
American

Mark Spitz Mark Spitz
American
Justin Norris Justin Norris
Australian

Missy Franklin Missy Franklin
Canadian, American

Dawn Fraser Dawn Fraser
Australian

Princess Charlene Princess Charlene of Monaco
South African, Zimbabwean

Milind SomanMilind Soman
Indian, British

Till LindemannTill Lindemann
German

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Sun YangSun Yang
Chinese
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
American

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
Romanian, American

Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
South African

Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
Australian
Adam PeatyAdam Peaty
British

Victoria ArlenVictoria Arlen
American
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
American

Shane GouldShane Gould
Australian

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British

Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
American
Lynne CoxLynne Cox
American

Dara TorresDara Torres
American

Summer SandersSummer Sanders
American
Diana NyadDiana Nyad
American
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Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
Italian
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
American

Michelle SmithMichelle Smith
Irish

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
Brazilian

Jason LezakJason Lezak
American
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
American

Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
French

Cullen JonesCullen Jones
American

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
American

Janet EvansJanet Evans
American
Camille MuffatCamille Muffat
French

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean
Grant HackettGrant Hackett
Australian

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
American

Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
Australian
Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
Dutch

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
South African
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
Australian

Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
American

Donna de VaronaDonna de Varona
American

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
American

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
British
Eleanor HolmEleanor Holm
American

Martin StrelMartin Strel
Slovenian

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
American

Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
Dutch
César CieloCésar Cielo
Brazilian
Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
Lithuanian

Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
Australian

Victor DavisVictor Davis
Canadian

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
French
Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
Australian

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
American
Kornelia EnderKornelia Ender
German

Krisztina EgerszegiKrisztina Egerszegi
Hungarian

Florence ChadwickFlorence Chadwick
American
Murray RoseMurray Rose
Australian, British

Shirley BabashoffShirley Babashoff
American
Libby TrickettLibby Trickett
Australian

Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
American

Don SchollanderDon Schollander
American
Kristin OttoKristin Otto
German

Tracy CaulkinsTracy Caulkins
American
Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
Australian

Yana KlochkovaYana Klochkova
Ukrainian

Alfréd HajósAlfréd Hajós
Hungarian

Alexander Dale OenAlexander Dale Oen
Norwegian
Debbie MeyerDebbie Meyer
American

John NaberJohn Naber
American

Roland MatthesRoland Matthes
German

Vladimir SalnikovVladimir Salnikov
Russian

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
Spanish
James CounsilmanJames Counsilman
American

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
Australian
Helene MadisonHelene Madison
American

Karl SchäferKarl Schäfer
Austrian

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
British
Richard QuickRichard Quick
American

Sulamith MessererSulamith Messerer
German, British
Zoltán HalmayZoltán Halmay
Hungarian

Aileen RigginAileen Riggin
American
Ethelda BleibtreyEthelda Bleibtrey
American

Mark Daniel GangloffMark Daniel Gangloff
American

Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
Australian
Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
Russian

Arne BorgArne Borg
Swedish
Norman RossNorman Ross
American