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)
Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)
Johnny WeissmullerJohnny Weissmuller
(Romanian,American)

Esther WilliamsEsther Williams
(American)
Charlene, Princess of MonacoCharlene, Princess of Monaco
(South African)
Ian ThorpeIan Thorpe
(Australian)

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Duke KahanamokuDuke Kahanamoku
(American)
Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(British)

Nathan AdrianNathan Adrian
(American)
Diana NyadDiana Nyad
(American)
Lynne CoxLynne Cox
(American)

Dara TorresDara Torres
(American)
Stephanie RiceStephanie Rice
(Australian)
Summer SandersSummer Sanders
(American)

Sun YangSun Yang
(Chinese)
Gertrude EderleGertrude Ederle
(American)
Amanda BeardAmanda Beard
(American)

João HavelangeJoão Havelange
(Brazilian)
Federica PellegriniFederica Pellegrini
(Italian)
Kirsty CoventryKirsty Coventry
(Zimbabwean)

Audrey MestreAudrey Mestre
(French)
Trevor BaylisTrevor Baylis
(British)
Dick PoundDick Pound
(Canadian)

Inge de BruijnInge de Bruijn
(Dutch)
Jenny ThompsonJenny Thompson
(American)
Jason LezakJason Lezak
(American)

Grant HackettGrant Hackett
(Australian)
Matt BiondiMatt Biondi
(American)
Allison SchmittAllison Schmitt
(American)

Dana VollmerDana Vollmer
(American)
Matthew MitchamMatthew Mitcham
(Australian)
Janet EvansJanet Evans
(American)

Leisel JonesLeisel Jones
(Australian)
Natalie du ToitNatalie du Toit
(South African)
Pieter van den HoogenbandPieter van den Hoogenband
(Dutch)

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

Matt GreversMatt Grevers
(American)
Cullen JonesCullen Jones
(American)
Eamon SullivanEamon Sullivan
(Australian)

Alain BernardAlain Bernard
(French)
Liam TancockLiam Tancock
(British)
Boy CharltonBoy Charlton
(Australian)

Maritza CorreiaMaritza Correia
(Spanish)
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)