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

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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 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.

 3 Katie Ledecky

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

 4 Milind Soman

Milind Soman.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

 5 Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller.
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Famous As: Film actor, Swimmer, Actor, Water polo player, Television actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Freidorf
Died: January 20, 1984

 6 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
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 7 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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 8 Charlene, Princess of Monaco

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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 9 Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe
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Famous As: Swimmer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

 10 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
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 11 Mark Spitz

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

 12 Joseph Schooling

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore
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 13 Missy Franklin

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Famous As: Olympics Gold Medalist Swimmer
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pasadena

 14 Nathan Adrian

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bremerton
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 15 Victoria Arlen

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

 16 Rebecca Adlington

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield
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 17 Adam Peaty

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uttoxeter Uttoxeter, England

 18 Sun Yang

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hangzhou

 19 Herbert Nitsch

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

 20 Shavarsh Karapetyan

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Famous As: Finswimmer
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vanadzor, Armenia
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 21 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

 22 Katinka Hosszu

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary

 23 Natalie Coughlin

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

 24 Diana Nyad

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Famous As: Journalist, Squash player, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: August 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 25 Dara Torres

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

 26 Ragnheiður Ragnarsdóttir

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
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 27 Summer Sanders

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

 28 João Havelange

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Famous As: Swimmer, Water polo player, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: August 16, 2016
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 29 Dick Pound

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Famous As: Jurist, Lawyer, Squash player, Swimmer, University Chancellor, Writer, Biographer
Birthdate: March 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Catharines

 30 Lynne Cox

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Boston
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 31 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.

 32 Annette Kellerman

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Birthdate: July 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marrickville
Died: November 6, 1975

 33 Shane Gould

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

 34 Stephanie Rice

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane
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 35 Benoît Lecomte

Benoît Lecomte
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Benoit Lecomte

 36 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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 37 Gertrude Ederle

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Famous As: swimmer
Birthdate: October 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 30, 2003

 38 Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthdate: October 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport Beach

 39 Allison Schmitt

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

 40 Audrey Mestre

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Famous As: Free-diver, Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint-Denis
Died: October 12, 2002

 41 Dana Vollmer

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

 42 Ralf Moeller

Ralf Moeller
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Recklinghausen, Germany

 43 Janet Evans

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

 44 Grant Hackett

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

 45 Michelle Smith

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: County Dublin, Ireland

 46 Jason Lezak

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellflower

 47 Jenny Thompson

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

 48 Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty Coventry
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Harare

 49 Alexander Popov

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Famous As: swimmer, politician
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yekaterinburg

 50 Justin Norris

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geraldton

Olympic bronze-winning Australian swimmer Justin Norris is known for his mastery in the butterfly and individual medley categories and for his catchphrase, “I’m stoked.” He won three golds at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He is the father of Sabre Norris and her siblings from the YouTube channel The Norris Nuts.

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