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.

Wim HofWim Hof
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
(German)
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
(American)

Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
(South African)
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)

Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
(Romanian,American)
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
(American)

Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
(Australian)
João HavelangeJoão Havelange
(Brazilian)
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
(American)

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Diana NyadDiana Nyad
(American)
Sun YangSun Yang
(Chinese)
Lynne CoxLynne Cox
(American)

Dara TorresDara Torres
(American)
Summer SandersSummer Sanders
(American)
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
(American)

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
(American)
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
(Australian)
Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
(French)

Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
(Italian)
Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
(Dutch)
Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
(Zimbabwean)

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
(British)
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
(American)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

Jason LezakJason Lezak
(American)
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
(Australian)
Grant HackettGrant Hackett
(Australian)

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
(American)
Janet EvansJanet Evans
(American)
Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
(American)

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
(South African)
Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
(American)
Cullen JonesCullen Jones
(American)

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Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
(American)
Martin StrelMartin Strel
(Slovenian)
Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
(Australian)

Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
(Australian)
Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
(Dutch)
Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(American)

Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
(Australian)
Alain BernardAlain Bernard
(French)
Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
(Spanish)

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
(British)
Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
(Australian)
Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
(Australian)

Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
(Russian)
Cesar Cielo FilhoCesar Cielo Filho
(Brazilian)
Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
(American)

Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
(Romanian)
Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
(Lithuanian)
Uğur TanerUğur Taner
(Turkish)