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.

Mark Spitz Mark Spitz
American

Ryan Lochte Ryan Lochte
American

Missy Franklin Missy Franklin
Canadian, American

Justin Norris Justin Norris
Australian

Dawn Fraser Dawn Fraser
Australian

Princess Charlene Princess Charlene of Monaco
South African, Zimbabwean
Milind SomanMilind Soman
Indian, British

Sun YangSun Yang
Chinese

Till LindemannTill Lindemann
German

Wim HofWim Hof
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Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
Romanian, American
Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
American

Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
Australian

Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
South African

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian
Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
American

Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
American
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
British

Adam PeatyAdam Peaty
British

Diana NyadDiana Nyad
American
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
Australian

Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
Italian
Dara TorresDara Torres
American

Summer SandersSummer Sanders
American

Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
American
Lynne CoxLynne Cox
American
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Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
French
Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
Australian

Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
American

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
Brazilian

Martin StrelMartin Strel
Slovenian
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
Australian
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
American

Rebecca SoniRebecca Soni
American

Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
Zimbabwean

Dick PoundDick Pound
Canadian
Jason LezakJason Lezak
American

Janet EvansJanet Evans
American

Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
American

Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
South African

Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
American
Grant HackettGrant Hackett
Australian

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

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
American
Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
Australian

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
French

Annette KellermanAnnette Kellerman
Australian

Liam TancockLiam Tancock
British

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
Spanish
Alexander PopovAlexander Popov
Russian

Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
Australian

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