List of Famous Swimmers

Michael Phelps

Michael Fred Phelps II
First Name Michael
Last Name Phelps
Born on June 30, 1985 (age 38)
Height 189 cm | 6'2

Michael Fred Phelps II is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). When he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.

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Adam Peaty

First Name Adam
Last Name Peaty
Born on December 28, 1994 (age 29)
Height 193 cm | 6'4

Adam George Peaty, is a British competitive swimmer who specialises in the breaststroke. He has represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. He won the gold medal in the 100 metre breaststroke at the 2016 Olympics, the first by a male British swimmer in 24 years. He is the current holder of the world record in 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke events.

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Katie Ledecky

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky
First Name Katie
Last Name Ledecky
Born on March 17, 1997 (age 27)
Height 183 cm | 6'0

Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky is an American competitive swimmer. She has won five Olympic gold medals and 15 world championship gold medals, the most in history for a female swimmer. She is the world record holder in the women's 400-, 800-, and 1500-meter freestyle. She also holds the fastest-ever times in the women's 500-, 1000-, and 1650-yard freestyle events.

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Ryan Lochte

Ryan Steven Lochte
First Name Ryan
Last Name Lochte
Born on August 3, 1984 (age 39)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Ryan Steven Lochte is an American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist. Along with Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres, and Jenny Thompson, he is the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history measured by total number of medals, behind only Michael Phelps. Lochte's seven individual Olympic medals rank second in history in men's swimming, tied for second among all Olympic swimmers. He currently holds the world records in the 200-meter individual medley. As part of the American teams, he also holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter freestyle (mixed) relay.

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Caeleb Dressel

First Name Caeleb
Born on August 16, 1996 (age 27)

Caeleb Remel Dressel is an American freestyle and butterfly swimmer who specializes in the sprint events. He currently represents the Cali Condors which is part of the International Swimming League. He won seven gold medals at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest and a record eight medals, including six gold, at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju. Dressel is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and currently holds the world records in the 100 meter butterfly, 50 meter freestyle, and 100 meter individual medley.

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Elena Krawzow

First Name Elena
Last Name Krawzow
Born on October 26, 1993 (age 30)

Elena Krawzow is a blind German Paralympic swimmer who specialises in breaststroke and freestyle.

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Yannick Agnel

First Name Yannick
Born on June 9, 1992 (age 31)
Born in France, Occitania
Height 202 cm | 6'8

Yannick Agnel is a French former competitive swimmer who specializes in freestyle events, and is a three-time Olympic medalist. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he won gold in the 200-meter freestyle, gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He is the current world record holder in the 400-meter freestyle, the European record holder in the 800-meter freestyle, and the national record holder in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle.

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Joseph Schooling

First Name Joseph
Last Name Schooling
Born on June 16, 1995 (age 28)
Height 184 cm | 6'0

Joseph Isaac Schooling is a Singaporean swimmer. He was the gold medalist in the 100m butterfly at the 2016 Olympiad, achieving the first Singapore's Olympic gold medal. His winning time of 50.39 seconds broke multiple records at National, Southeast Asian, Asian and Olympic level.

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Laure Manaudou

First Name Laure
Last Name Manaudou
Born on October 9, 1986 (age 37)
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Laure Manaudou is a retired French Olympic, world and European champion swimmer. She has held the world record in freestyle events between 200 and 1500 meter. She is the daughter of a French father and a Dutch mother, and she is the older sister of Florent Manaudou who is also an Olympic gold medalist swimmer.

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Ian Thorpe

Ian James Thorpe
First Name Ian
Last Name Thorpe
Born on October 13, 1982 (age 41)
Height 195 cm | 6'5

Ian James Thorpe, is an Australian retired swimmer who specialised in freestyle, but also competed in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any Australian. With three gold and two silver medals, Thorpe was the most successful athlete at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

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