Famous Swimmers - List of Famous 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.

The Most Famous Swimmers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Mark SpitzFebruary 10, 1950AmericanMark Spitz is an American former competition swimmer who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics
Natalie CoughlinAugust 23, 1982AmericanNatalie Coughlin is an American swimmer and winner of twelve Olympic medals
Missy FranklinMay 10, 1995Canadian, AmericanMissy Franklin is an American swimmer who is best known for winning five ‘Olympic’ gold medals
Ryan LochteAugust 3, 1984AmericanRyan Steven Lochte is an accomplished American competitive swimmer
Michael PhelpsJune 30, 1985AmericanMichael Phelps is the most successful swimmer at the Olympic Games who created numerous world records with his magnificent performances
Katie LedeckyMarch 17, 1997AmericanKatie Ledecky is a swimmer from America who is a five-time Olympic gold medallist
Dawn FraserSeptember 4, 1937AustralianDawn Fraser is an Australian former freestyle champion swimmer who won the same Olympic gold in the women's 100 meters freestyle thrice.
Princess Charlene of MonacoJanuary 25, 1978South African, ZimbabweanPrincess Charlene is a former South African Olympic swimmer who, after her marriage to Prince Albert II, became the Princess of Monaco

Mark Spitz

Mark Spitz is an American former competition swimmer who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics

AmericanFebruary 10, 1950173 views

Princess Charlene of Monaco

Princess Charlene is a former South African Olympic swimmer who, after her marriage to Prince Albert II, became the Princess of Monaco

Natalie Coughlin

Natalie Coughlin is an American swimmer and winner of twelve Olympic medals

AmericanAugust 23, 1982151 views

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is the most successful swimmer at the Olympic Games who created numerous world records with his magnificent performances

AmericanJune 30, 1985131 views

Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky is a swimmer from America who is a five-time Olympic gold medallist

AmericanMarch 17, 1997121 views

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin is an American swimmer who is best known for winning five ‘Olympic’ gold medals

CanadianMay 10, 1995145 views

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Steven Lochte is an accomplished American competitive swimmer

AmericanAugust 3, 1984137 views

Dawn Fraser

Dawn Fraser is an Australian former freestyle champion swimmer who won the same Olympic gold in the women's 100 meters freestyle thrice.