List of famous swimmers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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.

Wim HofWim Hof

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
(Romanian,American)
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
(German)
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
(American)

Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
(South African)
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)
Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
(Australian)
Sun YangSun Yang
(Chinese)

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
(Brazilian)
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
(American)
Diana NyadDiana Nyad
(American)

Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
(American)
Summer SandersSummer Sanders
(American)
Dara TorresDara Torres
(American)

Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
(Italian)
Lynne CoxLynne Cox
(American)
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
(American)

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
(American)
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
(Australian)
Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
(French)

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
(American)
Jason LezakJason Lezak
(American)
Martin StrelMartin Strel
(Slovenian)

Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)
Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
(Dutch)
Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
(Australian)

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
(American)
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
(American)
Janet EvansJanet Evans
(American)

Grant HackettGrant Hackett
(Australian)
Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
(American)
Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
(Dutch)

Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
(Australian)
Cullen JonesCullen Jones
(American)
Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
(Zimbabwean)

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(American)
Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
(British)
Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
(South African)

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
(American)
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
(Australian)
Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
(Australian)

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
(French)
Liam TancockLiam Tancock
(British)
Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
(Australian)

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
(Spanish)
Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
(Russian)
Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
(Australian)

Cesar Cielo FilhoCesar Cielo Filho
(Brazilian)
Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
(American)
Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
(Romanian)

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
(Lithuanian)
Uğur TanerUğur Taner
(Turkish)