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The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming  

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List of the best Olympic athletes in the sport of swimming. Olympians on this list have competed at the Olympic games in swimming. Olympic athletes on this list have made it all the way to the Olympics in their sport and have either won their event or did not even place. But this list isn't just about winners, times, distances and points, it's about who are the public's favorite Olympic athletes in swimming. Olympians on this list have captured the hearts of the public in one way or another, and have led their peers in swimming competitions. Only the greatest swimming Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so vote for your favorites and let only the best swimming Olympians see the top. Swimming athletes who have competed in the Olympics don't all have what it takes to be called the "best" in their Olympic sport, so vote carefully and make sure that only the true greats get a place on the front page of this list. Examples of athletes on this list include Amaury Leveaux and Brenton Rickard. You may want to copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you use regularly. (250 items)
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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, ...more
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Katie Ledecky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
OCD Man added age 21
Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and current world record-holder in multiple events. She is the current world record holder in the 400-, ...more
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Pieter van den Hoogenband is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband is a Dutch former swimmer and a triple Olympic champion.
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Inge de Bruijn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Inge de Bruijn is a Dutch former swimmer. She is a four-time Olympic champion and a former world record holder.
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Sarah Sjöström is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Sarah Fredrika Sjöström is a Swedish swimmer. On 5 July 2014 she beat the world record for women on 50 meter butterfly. On 22 March 2008, at the age of 14, she took the gold medal in ...more
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Britta Steffen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
Britta Steffen age 35
Britta Steffen is a German swimmer who specializes in freestyle, who is the current holder of the world record in women's 50 and 100 metre freestyle. In 1999, Steffen won six titles at the ...more
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Murray Rose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Iain Murray Rose, AM was an Australian swimmer, actor, sports commentator and marketing executive. He was a six-time Olympic medalist, and at one time held the world records in the 400-metre, ...more
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Ian Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Ian James Thorpe, OAM is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley. He has won five Olympic gold medals, the most won by any ...more
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Libby Lenton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Lisbeth "Libby" Constance Trickett, OAM, née Lisbeth Constance Lenton, is an Australian competition swimmer. She was a gold medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2008 ...more
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Jenny Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Jennifer Beth Thompson is an American former competition swimmer, and one of the most decorated Olympians in history, winning twelve medals, including eight gold medals, in the 1992, 1996, 2000, ...more
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Leisel Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Leisel Marie Jones OAM is an Australian former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medallist. A participant in the 2000 Summer Olympics – at just 15 years old – and 2004 Summer Olympics, she ...more
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Dana Vollmer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Dana Whitney Vollmer is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal as a member of the winning United ...more
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Natalie Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Natalie Coughlin Hall, née Natalie Anne Coughlin, is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. Ten days before her 20th birthday in 2002, she became the first ...more
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Krisztina Egerszegi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
IanHarvey added age 44
Krisztina Egerszegi is a Hungarian former world record holding swimmer and one of the greatest Hungarian Olympic champions of the modern era. She is a three-time Olympian and five time Olympic ...more
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Laure Manaudou is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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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 ...more
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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competition swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics ...more
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Missy Franklin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Melissa Jeanette Franklin is an American competition swimmer and four-time Olympic gold medalist. She currently holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and American records in both ...more
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Rūta Meilutytė is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
Feriko890 added age 21
Rūta Meilutytė is a Lithuanian swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. She is the current world record holder in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke. At the age of 17 she is also ...more
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Aaron Peirsol is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Aaron Wells Peirsol is an American former competition swimmer and backstroke specialist who is a former world champion and world record-holder. He is a three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic ...more
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Katinka Hosszú is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Katinka Hosszú is a female Hungarian swimmer, who has competed three times at the Summer Olympics: 2004, 2008, and 2012. She currently swims for the Vasas SC, Hungary, under head coach
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Hayden Stoeckel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Hayden Ernest Stoeckel is an Olympic and National Record holding backstroke swimmer from Australia. He swam for Australia at the 2008 Olympics where he tied with Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin for ...more
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Ferry Weertman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Pernille Blume is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Pernille Blume is a Danish swimmer. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed for the national team in the Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay, finishing in 6th place in the final.
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Camille Muffat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Camille-Marie Manuella Muffat was a French swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist. Swimming out of the "Olympic Nice Natation" club, she specialized in the individual medley and the ...more
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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Swimming
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Amanda Ray Beard is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. Beard's success has earned her the American Swimmer ...more