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.

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1Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 20 May 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Timothy Olyphant became known to a wider audience when he portrayed the character of a righteous, brooding Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He later played the same role in the 2019 film Deadwood: The Movie. He received critical acclaim for playing the role of a deputy US Marshall in the television series Justified.

2Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 30 June 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

3Milind Soman

Milind Soman
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Famous As: Model
Birthday: 04 November 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian, British

4Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte
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Famous As: Champion Swimmer
Birthday: 03 August 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

5Till Lindemann

Till Lindemann
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter, Songwriter
Birthday: 04 January 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

6Esther Williams

Esther Williams
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Famous As: American swimmer
Birthday: 08 August 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: 06 June 2013
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7Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 17 March 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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8Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller
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Famous As: Film actor, Swimmer, Actor, Water polo player, Television actor
Birthday: 02 June 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Romanian, American
Died: 20 January 1984
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9Charlene, Princess of Monaco

Charlene, Princess of Monaco
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 25 January 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African, Zimbabwean

10Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe
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Famous As: Swimmer, Autobiographer
Birthday: 13 October 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian
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11Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 10 February 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

12Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 17 February 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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13Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch
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Famous As: Aviator, Free-diver
Birthday: 20 April 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian

14Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku
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Famous As: Swimmer, Surfer, Actor, Water polo player
Birthday: 24 August 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 22 January 1968
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15Adam Peaty

Adam Peaty
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 28 December 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

16Ralf Moeller

Ralf Moeller
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Famous As: Actor
Birthday: 12 January 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
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17Sun Yang

Sun Yang
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 01 December 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Chinese

18Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad
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Famous As: Journalist, Squash player, Motivational speaker
Birthday: 22 August 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

19Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders
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Famous As: Swimmer, Television actor
Birthday: 13 October 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

20Leisel Jones

Leisel Jones
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 30 August 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

21Nathan Adrian

Nathan Adrian
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 07 December 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

22Audrey Mestre

Audrey Mestre
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Famous As: Free-diver, Marine biologist
Birthday: 11 August 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: 12 October 2002

23Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 23 August 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

24Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthday: 26 September 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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25Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 16 December 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish

26Dara Torres

Dara Torres
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthday: 15 April 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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27Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 04 September 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

28Dick Pound

Dick Pound
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Famous As: Jurist, Lawyer, Squash player, Swimmer, University Chancellor, Writer, Biographer
Birthday: 22 March 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

29Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 1957 AD
Nationality: American

30Gertrude Ederle

Gertrude Ederle
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Famous As: swimmer
Birthday: 23 October 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: 30 November 2003
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31Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 17 June 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

32Grant Hackett

Grant Hackett
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 09 May 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian
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33Shane Gould

Shane Gould
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 23 November 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

34Justin Norris

Justin Norris
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 03 June 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

35João Havelange

João Havelange
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Famous As: Swimmer, Water polo player, Lawyer
Birthday: 08 May 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: 16 August 2016

36Janet Evans

Janet Evans
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 28 August 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

37Federica Pellegrini

Federica Pellegrini
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Famous As: Italian swimmer
Birthday: 05 August 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

38Jason Lezak

Jason Lezak
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 12 November 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

39Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard
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Famous As: Swimmer, Model
Birthday: 29 October 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

40Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 26 February 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

41Matt Biondi

Matt Biondi
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 08 October 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

42Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty Coventry
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 0000 AD
Nationality: Zimbabwean

43Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin
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Famous As: Olympics Gold Medalist Swimmer
Birthday: 10 May 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American

44Inge de Bruijn

Inge de Bruijn
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 24 August 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Dutch

45Pieter van den Hoogenband

Pieter van den Hoogenband
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Famous As: Dutch swimmer
Birthday: 14 March 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Dutch

46Bula Choudhury

Bula Choudhury
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 02 January 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

47Rūta Meilutytė

Rūta Meilutytė
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 19 March 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Lithuanian

48Cullen Jones

Cullen Jones
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 29 February 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

49Matthew Mitcham

Matthew Mitcham
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Famous As: Diver
Birthday: 02 March 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian

50Martin Strel

Martin Strel
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthday: 01 October 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Slovenian
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