It is not every day that a man plunges into the pool and comes out with a once-in-a-lifetime performance! Michael Phelps not only mastered the technique, but made this an everyday feat as well. The most celebrated athlete and the most decorated Olympian ever in the history of the sports, Phelps with his unwavering determination and rock-solid focus went on to create tidal waves in the chlorinated and non-chlorinated world with his immaculate effort, which is clearly visible from his career graph which reached the zenith of success. Phelps has created a whopping 39 world records, 29 in individuals events and 11 in group, to become the only swimmer ever to do so. Additionally, he established a world mark by being the only Olympian with most number of Olympic gold medals (23), the only Olympian with 13 gold medals in individual events and the only Olympian to win 8 gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Interestingly, the man who created ripples in water was initially afraid to put his face under water as well. Phelps not only overcame this fear but also challenged the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that he was facing as a child to become a master at what he loved doing”swimming! Throughout the career, what distinguished him from his contemporaries and colleagues was not his back to back victories or undefeated feats, but his will to better his own records and transform the way swimming was looked upon as a sport by the world at large!
Katie Ledecky is a professional swimmer from America who is a five-time Olympic gold medallist. She has also won the World Championship 14 times and holds the swimming world record in 400-, 800-, and 1500-metre freestyle (long course) and the fastest-ever times in the women's 500-, 1000-, and 1650-yard freestyle events. A Washington D.C. native, Ledecky first became interested in swimming when she was six years old. She demonstrated prodigious skills even during her high school days and later joined the Nation's Capital Swim Club as a trainee. In 2012, Ledecky made her international debut at the 2012 London Olympics and won the gold medal for 800-meter freestyle, much to the surprise of many. Four years later, in Rio de Janeiro, she accumulated four gold medals, two silvers, and two world records. Over the course of her career, she has won 24 gold medals and two silvers in various international competitions and has created 14 new world records. Her achievements in the pool have garnered her the title of Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year four times, United States Olympic Committee Female Athlete of the Year three times, L'Ã‰quipe's Champion of Champions twice, Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year once, and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year once. In May 2018, Ledecky made her professional swimming debut.
Ryan Steven Lochte is an accomplished American competitive swimmer who has won 12 medals (six gold, three silver, and three bronze medals) at the ˜Olympic Games' so far, thus earning the second rank in the sports, behind Michael Phelps. This gifted swimmer specializes in individual medley and backstroke and has, over the years, won 90 medals, participating in various competitions, such as the ˜Olympics,' the ˜Pan Pacific Swimming Championships,' the ˜Pan American Games,' and the ˜FINA World Championships,' of which 54 are gold, 22 are silver, and 14 are bronze. He currently holds two individual world records: one in the 400-meter individual medley (short course) and another in the 200-meter individual medley (long and short course). He also holds a collective world record in the 4x100-meter freestyle (mixed) relay and the 4Ã—200-meter freestyle (long course) as part of national teams of the US. He has earned the honor of the ˜FINA Swimmer of the Year' thrice and has received the ˜World Swimmer of the Year Award,' too. He was dragged into controversy in the ˜Lochtegate' scandal during the 2016 ˜Summer Olympics' and again, in July 2018, when he was suspended from competitions for 14 months by the ˜US Anti-Doping Agency,' for receiving a prohibited intravenous infusion.
Missy Franklin is an American swimmer who is best known for winning five ˜Olympic' gold medals. The multiple-record holder was only 17 when she won five gold medals, acing both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events at the 2012 ˜Summer Olympics.' She also holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (long course) event. Franklin, who started her swimming career at a tender age, has won 27 international medals in total: 16 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals. She held the record of winning the maximum number of gold medals (11) in women's swimming, a record she made at the ˜World Aquatics Championships,' before it was broken by Katie Ledecky in 2017. Her achievements are not only limited to winning medals. She was named the ˜World Swimmer of the Year' and the ˜American Swimmer of the Year' in 2012. She also won the ˜FINA Swimmer of the Year Award' in both 2011 and 2012. She has also competed in many coveted swimming events, such as the ˜Pan Pacific Swimming Championships,' the ˜US National Championships,' and the ˜Summer Olympics.' Missy had a cameo in the Owen Wilson-starrer ˜The Internship.' She also made an appearance in the popular TV series ˜Pretty Little Liars' in 2013.
Synchronized swimmer who competed in the Summer Olympics in 2012. She's won more than a dozen medals in championships.
Olympic freestyle swimmer who won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, in the 400m and 800m events.
British swimmer who burst onto the international swimming scene in 2014, winning four gold medals at the LEN European Aquatics Championships and three gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. That year, he was nominated for the the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Canadian swimmer specializing in freestyle and butterfly who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She became the first Canadian to win four medals at the same Olympic games, with a gold in the 100 meter freestyle, a silver in the 100 meter butterfly, and two bronzes in the women's freestyle relays.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer who set the American record in the fifty and hundred-yard freestyle events.
English Paralympic swimmer who won two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympics at age 13, in the 100m and 400m freestyle events.
Specializing as a butterfly, freestyle and individual medley swimmer, he became the first Singaporean athlete to ever win an Olympic gold medal after placing first in the 100 meter butterfly at the 2016 Olympics.
American swimmer who won a gold medal as part of the U.S. 4x200-meter freestyle relay team at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.
British swimmer who specialized in short course swimming, and retired as one of the most successful British swimmers of all time.
Professional swimmer best known for her competitions as a member of the Australian national team. She competed in the 2008 Olympics, where she won 2 bronze medals, and in the 2012 Olympics, where she won gold.
Became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual swimming competition when she took gold in the 100 meter freestyle, setting an Olympic record of 52.70 along with fellow first place finisher Penny Oleksiak in the process. She also took gold in the 4x100 meter medley relay at the 2016 Olympics.
American swimmer specializing in the breaststroke who earned gold medals in the 100 meter breaststroke and in the 4x100 meter medley at the 2016 Olympics. She set an Olympic record with her 100 meter breaststroke time of 1:04:93.
South African swimmer who won the 200 meter gold and silver in the 100 meter butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics. He went on to win a silver medal in the 200 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
U.S. Olympic swimmer and former world record-holder who won three gold and two silver medals in the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic games.
Olympic gold medal swimmer who captured the prestigious piece of hardware at the 2016 Rio Games in both the 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke events. He previously won gold in medley events at 2012 and 2015 World Championships.
Malawi-born Australian swimmer who represented her country at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She won three gold medals at the 2015 World Championships, a year after winning gold at the Pan Pacific Championship and Commonwealth Games.
Natalie Coughlin is an American swimmer and winner of twelve Olympic medals. She is one of the most celebrated and decorated athletes of America. Right from the early age, she was interested in swimming which transformed into passion as she grew up. It was at a very early age that she started participating in competitions and breaking records. Despite her shoulder injury, which held her from competing in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, she was determined to become a world-class swimmer, which she did with her willpower and earnest efforts. Her future success could be anticipated from the fact that in her first world championship, she made the world record of completing a 100-meter backstroke in under a minute. Over the next few years, she shaped many such success stories around the world in various championships, the most significant being the Olympic Games, in which she won twelve medals”most medals by a female American athlete in the championship. Her utmost dedication and unparalleled devotion to the sport of swimming makes her an inspiration for everybody. Her achievements truly define the courage and hard work required in life to reach the pinnacle of success.
German record-breaking freestyle swimmer. She won gold in the 50 and 100 meters freestyle races at the 2008 Beijing games.
Named swimmer of the year four times, he is recognized as one of the most popular Australian athletes of all time and won 2 Olympic gold medals.