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

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
Romanian, American
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
South African
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
American

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British

Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
Australian

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian
Adam PeatyAdam Peaty
British

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
American
Victoria ArlenVictoria Arlen
American

Sun YangSun Yang
Chinese

Summer SandersSummer Sanders
American
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
American

Diana NyadDiana Nyad
American
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
American

Dara TorresDara Torres
American

Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
French
Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
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Michelle SmithMichelle Smith
Irish
Shane GouldShane Gould
Australian

Lynne CoxLynne Cox
American

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
Brazilian

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
American
Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
Italian

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
American

Janet EvansJanet Evans
American

Grant HackettGrant Hackett
Australian

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
American

Camille MuffatCamille Muffat
French
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
Australian

Jason LezakJason Lezak
American

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
American
Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
Lithuanian

Cullen JonesCullen Jones
American
Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
Dutch

Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
Dutch

Eleanor HolmEleanor Holm
American

Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
Australian

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
American
Martin StrelMartin Strel
Slovenian

Krisztina EgerszegiKrisztina Egerszegi
Hungarian

Donna de VaronaDonna de Varona
American

Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
Australian
Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
American
Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
British

César CieloCésar Cielo
Brazilian

Florence ChadwickFlorence Chadwick
American

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
American
Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
Australian

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
South African
Kornelia EnderKornelia Ender
German

Shirley BabashoffShirley Babashoff
American

Victor DavisVictor Davis
Canadian
Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
American

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
French
Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
Australian

Murray RoseMurray Rose
Australian, British

Bula ChoudhuryBula Choudhury
Indian
Kristin OttoKristin Otto
German

Don SchollanderDon Schollander
American
Debbie MeyerDebbie Meyer
American

Libby TrickettLibby Trickett
Australian

Tracy CaulkinsTracy Caulkins
American

Alfréd HajósAlfréd Hajós
Hungarian
Alexander Dale OenAlexander Dale Oen
Norwegian

John NaberJohn Naber
American

Roland MatthesRoland Matthes
German

Yana KlochkovaYana Klochkova
Ukrainian

Vladimir SalnikovVladimir Salnikov
Russian
James CounsilmanJames Counsilman
American

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
Spanish
Helene MadisonHelene Madison
American

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
Australian

Ann CurtisAnn Curtis
American
Aileen RigginAileen Riggin
American

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
British
Karl SchäferKarl Schäfer
Austrian

Richard QuickRichard Quick
American
Sulamith MessererSulamith Messerer
German, British

Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
Australian

Zoltán HalmayZoltán Halmay
Hungarian
Ethelda BleibtreyEthelda Bleibtrey
American

Arne BorgArne Borg
Swedish
George HodgsonGeorge Hodgson
Canadian