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

More From 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.

Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte
American
Mark Spitz Mark Spitz
American

Missy Franklin Missy Franklin
Canadian, American

Dawn Fraser Dawn Fraser
Australian

Justin Norris Justin Norris
Australian

Princess Charlene Princess Charlene of Monaco
South African, Zimbabwean
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
German

Wim HofWim Hof
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Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
Australian

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
Romanian, American

Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
South African
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
American

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
American

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British
Diana NyadDiana Nyad
American

Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
American
Summer SandersSummer Sanders
American

Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
Italian

Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
French
Dara TorresDara Torres
American

Lynne CoxLynne Cox
American
João HavelangeJoão Havelange
Brazilian

Sun YangSun Yang
Chinese

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
American
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
American

Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
Australian
Martin StrelMartin Strel
Slovenian

Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
American

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean

Jason LezakJason Lezak
American
Janet EvansJanet Evans
American
Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
American

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
American

Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
Australian
Grant HackettGrant Hackett
Australian

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
South African

Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
Dutch

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
British

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
American
Cullen JonesCullen Jones
American

Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
Dutch
Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
American

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
American

Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
Australian
Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
Australian

Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
Australian
Alain BernardAlain Bernard
French

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
British

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
Spanish

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
Australian

Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
Russian
Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
Australian

Uğur TanerUğur Taner
Turkish

Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
Romanian

Cesar Cielo FilhoCesar Cielo Filho
Brazilian
Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
American

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
Lithuanian