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 Timothy Olyphant

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Timothy Olyphant became known to a wider audience when he portrayed the character of a righteous, brooding Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He later played the same role in the 2019 film Deadwood: The Movie. He received critical acclaim for playing the role of a deputy US Marshall in the television series Justified.

 2 Michael Phelps

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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 3 Milind Soman

Milind Soman
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian, British

 4 Till Lindemann

Till Lindemann
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 5 Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene
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Famous As: Princess consort of Monaco
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African, Zimbabwean

 6 Charlene, Princess of Monaco

Charlene, Princess of Monaco
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: January 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African, Zimbabwean
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 7 Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte
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Famous As: Champion Swimmer
Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 8 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
Nationality: Romanian, American
Died: January 20, 1984
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 9 Esther Williams

Esther Williams
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Famous As: American swimmer
Birthdate: August 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 6, 2013

 10 Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 11 Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 12 Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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 13 Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe
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Famous As: Swimmer, Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 14 Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 15 Ralf Moeller

Ralf Moeller
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 16 Buster Crabbe

Buster Crabbe
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 23, 1983
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 17 Adam Peaty

Adam Peaty
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 18 Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch
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Famous As: Aviator, Free-diver
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian

 19 Sun Yang

Sun Yang
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Chinese

 20 Duke Kahanamoku

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

 21 Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad
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Famous As: Journalist, Squash player, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: August 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 22 Summer Sanders

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

 23 Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 25 Dara Torres

Dara Torres
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 26 Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Nationality: American
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 27 Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: September 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

 28 João Havelange

João Havelange
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Famous As: Swimmer, Water polo player, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: August 16, 2016

 29 Annette Kellerman

Annette Kellerman
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Birthdate: July 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian
Died: November 6, 1975

 30 Justin Norris

Justin Norris
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
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 31 Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle
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Famous As: swimmer
Birthdate: October 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 30, 2003

 32 Federica Pellegrini

Federica Pellegrini
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Famous As: Italian swimmer
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
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 33 Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 34 Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 35 Dick Pound

Dick Pound
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Famous As: Jurist, Lawyer, Squash player, Swimmer, University Chancellor, Writer, Biographer
Birthdate: March 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

 36 Emilia Pikkarainen

Emilia Pikkarainen
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: October 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Finnish

 37 Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: December 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish

 38 Matt Biondi

Matt Biondi
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: October 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 39 Audrey Mestre

Audrey Mestre
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Famous As: Free-diver, Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: October 12, 2002

 40 Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 41 Janet Evans

Janet Evans
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: August 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 42 Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthdate: October 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 43 Donna de Varona

Donna de Varona
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: April 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 44 Alexander Popov

Alexander Popov
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Famous As: swimmer, politician
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Russian

 45 Jason Lezak

Jason Lezak
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin
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Famous As: Olympics Gold Medalist Swimmer
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American

 47 Florence Chadwick

Florence Chadwick
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 1995

 48 Shane Gould

Shane Gould
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 49 Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 50 César Cielo

César Cielo
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: January 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Brazilian
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