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

Wim HofWim Hof
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Milind SomanMilind Soman
Indian, British

Till LindemannTill Lindemann
German
Sun YangSun Yang
Chinese
Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
Romanian, American

Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
American

Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
South African

Shane GouldShane Gould
Australian
Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
Australian

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Victoria ArlenVictoria Arlen
American

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
American

Adam PeatyAdam Peaty
British
Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
Italian

Diana NyadDiana Nyad
American

Summer SandersSummer Sanders
American
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
American
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Dara TorresDara Torres
American
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
American

Lynne CoxLynne Cox
American

Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
French

Janet EvansJanet Evans
American
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
Australian

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
Brazilian

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
American

Michelle SmithMichelle Smith
Irish

Grant HackettGrant Hackett
Australian
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
American

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
American
Martin StrelMartin Strel
Slovenian

Camille MuffatCamille Muffat
French

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean
Donna de VaronaDonna de Varona
American

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
South African
César CieloCésar Cielo
Brazilian

Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
Australian

Jason LezakJason Lezak
American

Murray RoseMurray Rose
Australian, British

Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
Australian
Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
American

Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
Dutch

Kornelia EnderKornelia Ender
German

Cullen JonesCullen Jones
American
John NaberJohn Naber
American
Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
Dutch

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
American

Libby TrickettLibby Trickett
Australian

Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
British
Victor DavisVictor Davis
Canadian

Eleanor HolmEleanor Holm
American
Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
American

Florence ChadwickFlorence Chadwick
American

Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
Australian
Matt GreversMatt Grevers
American

Don SchollanderDon Schollander
American
Krisztina EgerszegiKrisztina Egerszegi
Hungarian

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
French

Kristin OttoKristin Otto
German
Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
Australian

Debbie MeyerDebbie Meyer
American
Tracy CaulkinsTracy Caulkins
American

Yana KlochkovaYana Klochkova
Ukrainian

Alexander Dale OenAlexander Dale Oen
Norwegian

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
British
Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
Australian

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
Spanish

Maddison ElliottMaddison Elliott
Australian

Caitlin McClatcheyCaitlin McClatchey
British

Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
Russian
Uğur TanerUğur Taner
Turkish

Răzvan FloreaRăzvan Florea
Romanian
Sarah PriceSarah Price
British

Milorad ČavićMilorad Čavić
American

Rūta MeilutytėRūta Meilutytė
Lithuanian