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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. {#nodes}
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  • Michael Phelps1
    202
    52

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1985-06-30

    Place Of BirthBaltimore,United States of America,Maryland

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metre individual medley,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 100m butterfly,Men's 400m individual medley,Men's 4x100m medley relay,Men's 4x200m freestyle relay,Men's 200m Freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American retired competitive swimmer and the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian Thorpe2
    119
    16

    Ian Thorpe

    Age: 36

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1982-10-13

    Place Of BirthSydney,Australia,New South Wales,Earth,Oceania

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 400 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 100m freestyle,Men's 200m Freestyle,Men's 400m freestyle,Men's 4x100m freestyle relay,Men's 4x200m freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Ian James Thorpe, (born 13 October 1982) is a retired Australian swimmer who specialised in... more on Wikipedia
  • Inge de Bruijn3
    145
    32

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1973-08-24

    Place Of BirthBarendrecht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,South Holland,Europe

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 4x100m freestyle relay,Women's 50m freestyle,Women's 100m freestyle,Women's 100m butterfly

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Inge de Bruijn (Dutch: [ˈɪŋə də ˈbrœyn]; born 24 August 1973) is a Dutch former competitive... more on Wikipedia
  • Sarah Sjöström4
    144
    32

    Olympic CountrySweden

    Date Of Birth1993-08-17

    Place Of BirthHanden,Haninge Municipality,Stockholm County,Sweden,Stockholm-Mälaren Region

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalitySweden

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Sarah Fredrika Sjöström (Swedish: [²ɧøːˌstɾœmː]; born 17 August 1993) is a Swedish competitive... more on Wikipedia
  • Pieter van den Hoogenband5

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1978-03-14

    Place Of BirthMaastricht,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Limburg,South Limburg

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 50 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 200m Freestyle,Men's 100m freestyle,Men's 50m freestyle,Men's 4x200m freestyle relay,Men's 4x100m freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Pieter Cornelis Martijn van den Hoogenband (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈpitɛr vɑn dɛn... more on Wikipedia
  • Murray Rose6
    113
    18

    Murray Rose

    Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1939-01-06

    Place Of BirthNairn,United Kingdom,Europe,Western Europe,Earth

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1960 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 1500 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 400m freestyle,Men's 1500m freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games1960 Summer Olympics,1956 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Iain Murray Rose, (6 January 1939 – 15 April 2012) was an Australian swimmer, actor, sports... more on Wikipedia
  • Britta Steffen7
    127
    29

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1983-11-16

    Place Of BirthSchwedt,Germany,Brandenburg,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityGermany

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 100m freestyle,Women's 50m freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Britta Steffen (born 16 November 1983) is a German competitive swimmer who specializes in... more on Wikipedia
  • Katie Ledecky8
    109
    29

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1997-03-17

    Place Of BirthBethesda, Maryland, United States of America

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 800m freestyle

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Libby Lenton9
    94
    22

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1985-01-28

    Place Of BirthTownsville,Queensland,Australia,Earth,Oceania

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 50 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 4x200m freestyle relay,Women's 4x100m freestyle relay,Women's 100m freestyle,Women's 50m freestyle,Women's 100m butterfly

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Lisbeth "Libby" Constance Trickett, OAM (born 28 January 1985), née Lisbeth Constance Lenton,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jenny Thompson10
    85
    21

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1973-02-26

    Place Of BirthDover,United States of America,New Hampshire,Strafford County,Seacoast Region

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre medley relay,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre medley relay,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 4x100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 4x100m freestyle relay,Women's 100m freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Jennifer Beth Thompson (born February 26, 1973) is an American former competition swimmer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Leisel Jones11
    82
    20

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1985-08-30

    Place Of BirthKatherine,Australia,Northern Territory,Earth,Oceania

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 100m breaststroke,Women's 200m breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal,Gold medal

    Leisel Marie Jones, OAM (born 30 August 1985) is an Australian former competition swimmer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Dana Vollmer12
    71
    18

    Date Of Birth1987-11-13

    Place Of BirthSyracuse,New York,Onondaga County,United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dana Whitney Vollmer (born November 13, 1987) is an American former competition swimmer,... more on Wikipedia

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    #56 of 238 The Best Female Athletes of All Time#289 of 670 Rank the Sexiest Current Female Athletes

  • Krisztina Egerszegi13

    Date Of Birth1974-08-16

    Place Of BirthBudapest,Hungary,Europe,Earth,Central Europe

    NationalityHungary

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Women's 400 metre Individual Medley

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 100m backstroke,Women's 200m backstroke,Women's 400m individual medley

    Olympic Medalist Games1988 Summer Olympics,1992 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Gold medal,Bronze medal

    Krisztina Egerszegi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkristinɒ ˈɛɡɛrsɛɡi]; born 16 August 1974) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Rūta Meilutytė14
    63
    18

    Olympic CountryLithuania

    Date Of Birth1997-03-19

    Place Of BirthKaunas, Lithuania

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityLithuania

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 100m breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Rūta Meilutytė is a Lithuanian swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and world record holder. She is... more on Wikipedia
  • Katinka Hosszú15
    55
    14

    Date Of Birth1989-05-03

    Place Of BirthPécs,Hungary,Baranya,Earth,Europe

    NationalityHungary

    Katinka Hosszú (Hungarian: [ˈkɒtiŋkɒ ˈhossuː]; born 3 May 1989) is a Hungarian competitive... more on Wikipedia
  • Laure Manaudou16
    59
    23

    Date Of Birth1986-10-09

    Place Of BirthVilleurbanne,Rhône,Rhône-Alpes,France,Europe

    NationalityFrance

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 400 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 800 metre freestyle

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 100m backstroke,Women's 400m freestyle,Women's 800m freestyle

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Gold medal,Silver medal

    Laure Manaudou (French pronunciation: ​[lɔʁ manodu]; born 9 October 1986) is a retired French... more on Wikipedia
  • Aaron Peirsol17
    55
    20

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1983-07-23

    Place Of BirthIrvine,United States of America,California,Orange County

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre backstroke

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 100m backstroke,Men's 4x100m medley relay,Men's 200m backstroke

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Aaron Wells Peirsol (born July 23, 1983) is an American former competition swimmer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Rebecca Soni18
    56
    22

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1987-03-18

    Place Of BirthFreehold,New Jersey,Monmouth County,United States of America,United States

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 200 metre breaststroke,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 200m breaststroke,Women's 100m breaststroke

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Rebecca Soni (born March 18, 1987) is an American former competition swimmer and breaststroke... more on Wikipedia
  • Mark Spitz19
    56
    25

    Mark Spitz

    Age: 69

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1950-02-10

    Place Of BirthModesto,United States of America,California,Stanislaus County

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre butterfly,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 200 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre butterfly

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 200m butterfly,Men's 4x100m freestyle relay,Men's 100m freestyle,Men's 200m Freestyle,Men's 100m butterfly

    Olympic Medalist Games1972 Summer Olympics,1968 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1968 Summer Olympics,1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal,Silver medal

    Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950) is an American former competitive swimmer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ferry Weertman20
    48
    18

    Date Of Birth1992-06-27

    Place Of BirthNaarden, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Netherlands

  • Natalie Coughlin21
    57
    27

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1982-08-23

    Place Of BirthEmeryville,United States of America,Alameda County,California,San Francisco Bay Area

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre freestyle,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 100 metre backstroke

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 4x100m freestyle relay,Women's 4x200m freestyle relay,Women's 100m freestyle,Women's 100m backstroke,Women's 200m individual medley

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2004 Summer Olympics,2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal,Bronze medal,Gold medal

    Natalie Anne Coughlin Hall (born August 23, 1982) is an American competition swimmer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Femke Heemskerk22
    38
    10

    Olympic CountryNetherlands

    Date Of Birth1987-09-21

    Place Of BirthRoelofarendsveen,South Holland,Netherlands,Kingdom of the Netherlands,Europe

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityNetherlands

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 4x100m freestyle relay,Women's 4x200m freestyle relay

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Frederike Johanna Maria "Femke" Heemskerk (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈfɛmkə ˈɦeːmskɛrk]; born 21... more on Wikipedia
  • Hayden Stoeckel23
    44
    16

    Olympic CountryAustralia

    Date Of Birth1984-08-10

    Place Of BirthKingscliff,Australia,New South Wales,Earth,Oceania

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityAustralia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 100 metre backstroke,Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's 100m backstroke,Men's 4x100m medley relay

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal,Silver medal

    Hayden Ernest Stoeckel (born 10 August 1984) is an Olympic and national record-holding... more on Wikipedia
  • Pernille Blume24
    47
    19

    Olympic CountryDenmark

    Date Of Birth1994-05-14

    Place Of BirthHerlev, Denmark

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityDenmark

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Pernille Blume is a Danish swimmer. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed for the national... more on Wikipedia
  • Missy Franklin25
    43
    17

    Olympic CountryUnited States of America

    Date Of Birth1995-05-10

    Place Of BirthPasadena, California, United States of America

    Olympic SportSwimming

    NationalityUnited States of America, Canada

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionSwimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay, Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke, Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay, Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 200 metre backstroke, Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's 100m backstroke, Women's 200m backstroke, Women's 4x100m freestyle relay, Women's 4x200m freestyle relay, Women's 4x100m medley relay

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal, Gold medal

    Melissa Jeanette Franklin (born May 10, 1995) is an American former competition swimmer and... more on Wikipedia