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Michael Phelps
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and the Most Successful Olympian of All Time With a Total of 28 Medals)
Michael Phelps
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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.

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Katie Ledecky
(One of the Greatest Female Swimmers of All Time)
Katie Ledecky
18
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky has also won 15 world championship gold medals, creating a record. At 15, she was the youngest American Olympic swimming team member at the 2012 London Olympics. The 6-foot-tall athlete is also a Stanford graduate and was the youngest Time 100 member in 2016.

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Ryan Lochte
(12-Time Olympic Medalist and the Second Most Decorated Swimmer in Olympic History)
Ryan Lochte
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Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

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.

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Rebecca Adlington
(British Former Competitive Swimmer)
Rebecca Adlington
6
Birthdate: February 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England

Rebecca Adlington made headlines with her double-gold win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in which she aced both the 400m and 800m freestyle events. After retiring at 23, she has worked for BBC as a sports pundit and participated in shows such as I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

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Katinka Hosszu
(Hungarian Swimmer)
Katinka Hosszu
8
Birthdate: May 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pécs, Hungary
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Natalie Coughlin
(The First Woman Ever to Swim the 100-meter Backstroke (Long Course) in Less Than One Minute)
Natalie Coughlin
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Birthdate: August 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vallejo, California, United States

Natalie Coughlin is an American retired competitive swimmer. A 12-time Olympic medalist, Coughlin became the first American female athlete in the history of the modern Olympics to win six medals in one Olympics event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She also became the first woman to win gold medals in two successive Olympics, she won the mdeals in the 100-meter backstroke event.

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Chad le Clos
(Swimmer)
Chad le Clos
8
Birthdate: April 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Olympic gold medalist South African swimmer Chad le Clos, who plays for the club Energy Standard, also holds records in the 50- and 100-m butterfly categories in the Commonwealth Games. He is one of his nation’s most-decorated Olympians but failed to get a medal in the 2020 Olympics.

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Dara Torres
(Swimmer, Model)
Dara Torres
10
Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beverly Hills

Dara Torres is an American retired competitive swimmer. A 12-time Olympic medalist, Torres won four gold medals in three different Olympic Games. In 2008, she became the first swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games, representing the United States. At the age of 41, Dara Torres was also the oldest swimmer to be a part of the U.S. Olympic team. 

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Rowdy Gaines
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Rowdy Gaines
4
Birthdate: February 17, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States

Rowdy Gaines is an American swimming analyst for NBC and retired competitive swimmer. Gaines won three gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He also won five gold medals at the FINA World Championships before becoming an analyst; he has covered swimming events at the Olympics since 1992. Rowdy Gaines is a member of the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Caeleb Dressel
(Professional Swimmer and Seven-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Caeleb Dressel
8
Birthdate: August 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States

Caeleb Dressel is an American swimmer. A seven-time Olympic gold medalist, Dressel became the fifth American to win five or more gold medals in a single Olympic event since 1970 when he won five gold medals at the 2020 Summer Olympics. He also holds world records in the 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter butterfly, and 100 meter individual medley.

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Dawn Fraser
(Australian Freestyle Champion Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Dawn Fraser
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Birthdate: September 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balmain, Australia

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.

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Sarah Sjöström
(Swimmer)
Sarah Sjöström
4
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salem, Stockholm County, Sweden
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Adam Peaty
(English Competitive Swimmer Who Specialises in the Breaststroke)
Adam Peaty
4
Birthdate: December 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uttoxeter Uttoxeter, England
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Federica Pellegrini
(Swimmer, gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics)
Federica Pellegrini
4
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mirano, Italy
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Shane Gould
(Australian Former Competition Swimmer and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medal Winner)
Shane Gould
7
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould was 15 when she participated in the Munich Olympics. She stunned everyone with her early retirement at 16 and stayed away from the limelight for 25 years, eventually re-emerging after raising her four kids on an Australian farm and then breaking records at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Janet Evans
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Janet Evans
3
Birthdate: August 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, United States

Janet Evans is an American retired competitive swimmer who won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. A former world record-holder, Evans went on to win another gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The winner of the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award, Evans was adjudged Female World Swimmer of the Year in 1987, 1989, and 1990.

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Amanda Beard
(American Swimmer and Seven-Time Olympic Medalist)
Amanda Beard
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Birthdate: October 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States

At 14, Amanda Beard was still in high school when she walked away with 2 Olympic silver medals and a relay gold, becoming the second-youngest swimmer to win an Olympic medal. The 7-time Olympic medalist later also modeled for Playboy and co-authored a New York Times bestseller.

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Grant Hackett
(Australian Swimmer Who Has Won 3 Olympic Gold Medals)
Grant Hackett
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Birthdate: May 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southport, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning Australian swimmer Grant Hackett is a master of freestyle swimming. He also captained the Australian swimming team for a while. Apart from holding several freestyle world records, he also came to be known as the King of the 1500m. He has also worked as a sports presenter.

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Mark Spitz
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Nine-Time Olympic Champion)
Mark Spitz
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Birthdate: February 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States

Best known for winning 7 gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Mark Spitz has been one of the most successful swimmers of all time. After retiring at then tender age of 22, he tried his luck I the entertainment world, appearing on shows such as Emergency!

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David Popovici
(Romanian Competitive Swimmer)
David Popovici
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Birthdate: September 15, 2004
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Stephanie Rice
(Australian Swimmer Who Won Three Gold Medals at the 2008 Olympics)
Stephanie Rice
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Birthdate: June 17, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Stephanie Rice is an Australian retired swimmer best known for winning three gold medals at the 2008 Olympics. In the same year, she was named Telstra Australian Swimmer of the Year. Rice also won two silver medals and five bronze medals at the World Championships during her career. In 2019, she was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

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Dana Vollmer
(Former American Competition Swimmer, Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, and Former World Record-Holder)
Dana Vollmer
5
Birthdate: November 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States

Apart from winning 5 Olympic gold medals, swimmer Dana Vollmer also created history when she became the first female to swim under 56 seconds in the 100m butterfly event. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age 15, she went through surgery and later carried a defibrillator around with her.

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Jenny Thompson
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Anesthesiologist)
Jenny Thompson
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Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Danvers, Massachusetts, United States

Known for winning more Olympic medals than any other female in the swimming category, Jenny Thompson had started swimming at age 7. She grew up to win swimming medals for Stanford University. She is also a qualified doctor and has practiced as an anaesthesiologist and surgeon.

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Regan Smith
(American Competitive Swimmer)
Regan Smith
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Birthdate: February 9, 2002
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lakeville, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Matt Biondi
(American Former Competition Swimmer and 11-Time Olympic Medalist)
Matt Biondi
5
Birthdate: October 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moraga, California, United States

Initially interested in both swimming and water polo, Matt Biondi participated in his first swimming race at age 5. One of the greatest swimmers of all time, he has won 11 Olympic medals, of which 8 are gold medals. Post-retirement, he teaches math and works as a swimming coach in Hawaii.  

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Sun Yang
(Swimmer)
Sun Yang
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Birthdate: December 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hangzhou

Sun Yang is a Chinese competitive swimmer best known for winning three Olympic gold medals. Sun has also won 11 FINA World Championships and nine gold medals at Asian Games. Sun is the first man in the history of competitive swimming to win the World Championship and Olympic gold medals at every single freestyle distance between 200 and 1500 meters.

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Cate Campbell
(Australian Competitive Swimmer)
Cate Campbell
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Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blantyre, Malawi
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Allison Schmitt
(American Competition Swimmer, Four-Time Olympian and Ten-Time Olympic Medalist)
Allison Schmitt
5
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Swimmer Allison Schmitt, a freestyle expert, has won 10 Olympic medals. She had started swimming at the tender age of 8 and had qualified for her first Olympics at 18. She also has 25 other medals from various international contests and has been named to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

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Ariarne Titmus
(Australian Swimmer Who Won Two Gold Medals at the 2020 Olympics)
Ariarne Titmus
5
Birthdate: September 7, 2000
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Ariarne Titmus is an Australian swimmer best known for her performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, where she won two gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal. Ariarne Titmus has also won two gold medals in the long course and two gold medals in the short course at the World Championships so far.

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Nathan Adrian
(American Competitive Swimmer and Five-Time Olympic Champion)
Nathan Adrian
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Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington, United States

Nathan Adrian is an American swimmer who helped his team win a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Adrian then went on to win gold medals in the 4×100-meter medley relay and the 100-meter freestyle at the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the 2016 Olympics, he once again helped his team win a gold medal.

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Amy Van Dyken
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Amy Van Dyken
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Birthdate: February 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Englewood, Colorado

Amy Van Dyken is an American radio presenter and retired competitive swimmer. Van Dyken was the most successful sportsperson at the 1996 Olympics where she won four gold medals. In 1995 and 1996, she was named American Swimmer of the Year. Amy Van Dyken went on to win two more gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Alexander Popov
(Swimmer)
Alexander Popov
5
Birthdate: November 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lesnoy, Russia
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Jason Lezak
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jason Lezak
3
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States

Apart from winning 8 Olympic medals, of which 4 were gold medals, Jason Lezak also showed a keen interest in other sports such as basketball, water polo, and soccer, in his initial days. Post-retirement, he and his wife, fellow Olympian Danielle DeAlva began coaching children. He is also a motivational speaker.

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Leisel Jones
(Iconic Australian Swimmer Who Has Won 3 Olympic Gold Medals)
Leisel Jones
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katherine, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medal-winning Australian swimmer Leisel Jones is also known by her nicknames Diesel and Lethal Leisel. Known for her signature breaststroke technique, she has also won 7 World Championship titles. Post-retirement, she has penned a memoir, been a sports commentator, and qualified as a nutrition coach.

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Laszlo Cseh
(Hungarian Retired Swimmer)
Laszlo Cseh
3
Birthdate: December 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Aaron Peirsol
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Seven-Time Olympic Medalist)
Aaron Peirsol
5
Birthdate: July 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States

Swimmer Aaron Peirsol has 7 Olympic medals in his kitty, of which 5 are gold medals. The political science major enjoys surfing, too. An environmentalist, he also teamed up with Oceana to work for the Race for the Oceans campaign. His interests also include blues music, and he is already planning an album.

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Missy Franklin
(American Former Swimmer and Five-Time Olympic Gold Medallist)
Missy Franklin
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Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States

Missy Franklin is an American retired competitive swimmer. A five-time Olympic gold medalist, Franklin also held the world records in both the 200-meter backstroke and the 4×100-meter medley relay. After winning four gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Franklin went on to help her team win a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Inge de Bruijn
(Former Dutch Competitive Swimmer and Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Inge de Bruijn
3
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barendrecht, Netherlands
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Johnny Weissmuller
(Olympic Swimmer and Actor Who Played Tarzan)
Johnny Weissmuller
6
Birthdate: June 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Freidorf, Romania
Died: January 20, 1984

Johnny Weissmuller was an American swimmer and actor. Although Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals and set several world records during his illustrious swimming career, he is best remembered for his portrayal of the title role in the 1932 action-adventure film Tarzan the Ape Man. In 1965, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

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Rebecca Soni
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Breaststroke Specialist Who is a Six-Time Olympic Medalist)
Rebecca Soni
3
Birthdate: March 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Freehold, New Jersey, United States

The winner of 6 Olympic medals, 3 of which were gold medals, swimmer Rebecca Soni is a breaststroke specialist. She also became the first female swimmer to complete the breaststroke event in less than 2:20 minutes. Initially trained as a gymnast, she had switched to swimming at age 10.

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Laure Manaudou
(French Olympic, World and European Champion Swimmer)
Laure Manaudou
3
Birthdate: October 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villeurbanne, France
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Emma McKeon
(Australian Swimmer and 5-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Emma McKeon
4
Birthdate: May 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Australian swimmer Emma McKeon is a 5-time Olympic gold medalist and once held 4 world records. She is now one of 2 Australian athletes with the most Olympic gold medal wins. Known for her freestyle and butterfly strokes, she is also a Member of the Order of Australia.

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Klete Keller
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Klete Keller
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Birthdate: March 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Joseph Schooling
(Swimmer)
Joseph Schooling
4
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Cody Simpson
(Australian swimmer, Actor and Singer-songwriter)
Cody Simpson
10
Birthdate: January 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia
Apart from releasing three pop albums, Australian singer/actor Cody Simpson has also acted in the film The Smiley Face Killers and a Broadway musical. A Part of USC's Trojan Swim Elite team, he has qualified for the trials of the 100m butterfly event of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
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Kieren Perkins
(Legendary Australian Swimmer, Olympic Gold Medalist, and Sports Administrator)
Kieren Perkins
3
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

One of Australia’s best-known distance swimmers, Kieren Perkins is also known to fans as the Superfish. Apart from breaking 11 world records, he also became the first person to simultaneously hold the World, Olympic, Commonwealth, and Pan Pacific titles. The 2-time Olympic gold medalist later became the CEO of the Australian Sports Commission.

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Duke Kahanamoku
(Hawaiian Competition Swimmer Who Popularized the Sport of Surfing)
Duke Kahanamoku
9
Birthdate: August 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: January 22, 1968

Duke Kahanamoku was an American competitive swimmer and surfer. He is credited with popularizing the ancient Hawaiian surfing. As a swimmer, Kahanamoku won three gold medals in two different Olympics. Kahanamoku was inducted into both the Surfing Hall of Fame and International Swimming Hall of Fame. He has been also inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Mireia Belmonte
(Swimmer)
Mireia Belmonte
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Badalona, Spain
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Ian Thorpe
(The First Person to Swim the 400-meter Freestyle Under Four Minutes)
Ian Thorpe
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Birthdate: October 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Ian Thorpe is an Australian retired swimmer who won five Olympic gold medals. He predominantly competed in freestyle but was also skilled at backstroke and the individual medley. He emerged as the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics, with three gold and two silver medals. He is openly gay and often talks about the challenges of being homosexual. 

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Matt Grevers
(American Competition Swimmer and Six-Time Olympic Medalist)
Matt Grevers
3
Birthdate: March 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Forest, Illinois, United States

Backstroke and freestyle specialist Matt Grevers has won numerous medals in his kitty, including 4 Olympic gold medals. He also made headlines when a video of him proposing to his girlfriend, fellow national swimming team member Annie Chandler, at the 2012 Missouri Grand Prix, went viral.