Category Search - swimming (A swimmer; either competitive sports or known for expertise)

(35 found)

Shirley Babashoff
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Shirley Frances Babashoff
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
64, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Set 37 national records, 17 individual and 20 relay. Olympic Gold Medal 1972 for 4×100 m medley. Olympic Gold Medal 1972 for 4×100 m freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 1976 for 4×100 m freestyle.

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Susan Backlinie
actor, stunts, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Susan Jane Swindall
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Jaws, 1941. The first shark victim in Jaws.

Amanda Beard
swimming, model, writer, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Amanda Ray Beard
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympics swimmer. Won seven Olympic medals from 1996-2004. Model for Speedo swimsuits.

Matt Biondi
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Matthew Nicholas Biondi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 7 inches (200.66 cm)

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1984. Won Olympic Gold Medal 1988 5 times. Olympic Gold Medal 1992 twice.

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Tracy Caulkins
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Tracy Anne Caulkins
Also Known As:
Tracy Anne Stockwell
Tracy Caulkins-Stockwell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Now an American-Australian dual citizen. Olympic Gold Medal 1984.

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Florence Chadwick
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Florence May Chadwick
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Open water and long distance swimming. The first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, setting a time record each time. Also the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus (one way), and the Dardanelles (round trip).

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Buster Crabbe
actor, western, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Clarence Linden Crabbe
Also Known As:
Larry "Buster" Crabbe
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Champion swimmer. Played role of Tarzan in movie Tarzan the Fearless and roles as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Billy the Kid in multiple movies.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Donna de Varona
swimming, activist, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Donna Elizabeth DeVarona
Also Known As:
Donna De Varona
Nickname(s):
Liz
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older sister of
Older than Joanna Kerns by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1964.

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Gertrude Ederle
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Gertrude Caroline Ederle
Also Known As:
Gertrude Jacobs Ederle
Nickname(s):
Trudy
Gertie
Queen of the Waves
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
98
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Long distance swimmer, open water. August 6, 1926, became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. As a child, a world record in the 880 yard freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 1924 in 4×100 m freestyle relay.

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Janet Evans
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Janet Beth Evans
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Seven world records, five Olympic medals, including four gold medals.

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Steve Fossett
aviator, swimming, business, explorer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
James Stephen Fossett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Millionaire adventurer. Swam the English Channel. First nonstop balloon flight around the world. First nonstop solo airplane flight around the world without refueling, March 3, 2005. Died in a plane crash, not found for over a year.

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Missy Franklin
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Melissa Jeanette Franklin
Nickname(s):
Missy the Missile
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
25
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 1½ inches (185.42 cm)

Brief Facts:

Olympic games 2012 swimmer. World record holder in several events, including the 200 m backstroke, at age 16.

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Rowdy Gaines
swimming, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Ambrose Gaines IV
Nickname(s):
Rowdy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
62, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Commentary on swimming events on TV. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 in swimming.

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Tammy Grimes
actor, singer, swimming, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Tammy Lee Grimes
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

mother of
ex-wife of
Younger than Christopher Plummer by 4 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Tried for Olympic swimming team. Initially cast for TV series Bewitched but turned it down. Tony Awards for Broadway musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown and comedy play Private Lives.

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Misty Hyman
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Misty Dawn Marie Hyman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
41, 26 days before her 42nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

200-meter butterfly. Olympic Gold Medal 2000.

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Duke Kahanamoku
surfing, actor, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Duke Paoa Kahinu Makoe Hulikohoa Kahanamoku
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hawaiian. Spread the surfing sport around the world. Olympic swimmer 1912, '20, '24. Silent movie Lord Jim (1925) and movie Mister Roberts.

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John Kinsella
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
John Pitann Kinsella
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 4 inches (193.04 cm)

Brief Facts:

Freestyle. In 1970 he became the first person to swim 1,500 m under 16 minutes. Team Indiana University. Olympic Gold Medal 1972 4x200 m relay.

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Lenny Krayzelburg
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Leonid Krayzelburg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Backstroke. 1995 became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Olympic Gold Medal 2000, 4×100 m medley relay. Olympic Gold Medal 2000, 100 m backstroke. Olympic Gold Medal 2000, 200 m backstroke. Olympic Gold Medal 2004, 4×100 m relay.

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Katie Ledecky
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Kathleen Genevieve Ledecky
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
23, 20 days before her 24th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 0 inches (182.88 cm)

Brief Facts:

Pictured on the cover of magazine National Geographic, July 2018 issue. Olympic Gold Medal 2012 800 m freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 2016 100 m freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 2016 200 m freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 2016 400 m freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 2016 800 m freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 2016 4x200 m freestyle.

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Mary T. Meagher
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Terstegge Meagher
Also Known As:
Mary Terstegge Meagher Plant
Nickname(s):
T
Madam Butterfly
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pronounced "Mar". Olympic champion and former world record swimmer. In 1981 she bettered her own existing world records in the 100 m and 200 m butterfly, which stood as the respective World Records for 18 and 19 years. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 100 m butterfly. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 200 m butterfly. Olympic Gold Medal 1984 4x100 m medley relay.

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Debbie Meyer
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Deborah Elizabeth Meyer
Also Known As:
Deborah Webber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Freestyle. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 200 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 400 m. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 800 m.

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Sacramento Walk of Stars A star at 1801 L Street31 August 2016

John Naber
swimming, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
John Phillips Naber
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 6 inches (198.12 cm)

Brief Facts:

Olympic Gold Medal 1976 100 m backstroke. Olympic Gold Medal 1976 200 m backstroke. Olympic Gold Medal 1976 4x100 m medley. Olympic Gold Medal 1976 4x200 m freestyle.

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Diana Nyad
swimming, radio

Real/Birth Name:
Diana Sneed
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First person to swim from Havana to Key West with no shark cage or swim fins. Radio program The Savvy Traveler.

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Michael Phelps
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Fred Phelps II
Nickname(s):
MP
The Baltimore Bullet
Flying Fish
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 4 inches (193.04 cm)

Brief Facts:

The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time with 22 medals. Holds the all-time records for gold medals (18), gold medals in individual events (11), Olympic Gold Medal wins in individual events for a male (13). In winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. He took the record for the most first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games.

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Eddie Reese
swimming, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Charles Reese
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

brother of
Older than Randy Reese by 4 or 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Swimming coach, Olympics twice and teams Auburn University, University of Texas.

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Randy Reese
swimming, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Randy Reese
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age:
75 or 76
Birth Place:

Relationships:

brother of
Younger than Eddie Reese by 4 or 5 years.

Brief Facts:

College and Olympic swimming coach. Team University of Florida.

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Summer Sanders
swimming, actor, sports analyst, tv

Real/Birth Name:
Summer Elisabeth Sanders
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Analyst for channel NBC Sports at Olympics. Movie Jerry Maguire as herself. Olympic Gold Medal 1992 in 200 m butterfly. Olympic Gold Medal 1992 in 4 x 100 m medley.

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Sacramento Walk of Stars A star at 18th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue28 August 2019

Don Schollander
swimming, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Arthur Schollander
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Competitive world record swimmer. Olympic Gold Medal 1964 in 4 events. Olympic Gold Medal 1968 in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

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Mark Spitz
swimming, business, actor, sports analyst, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Mark Andrew Spitz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
71, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Olympic swimming champion, won 7 times Olympic Gold Medal 1972. He set 33 world swimming records. He is a motivational speaker.

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Hilary Swank
actor, producer, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Hilary Ann Swank
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Chad Lowe by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Won two Oscars for her roles in the movies Boys Don't Cry, Million Dollar Baby. Movies The Gift, The Next Karate Kid, The Core, Dying to Belong. As a teen, swimming in the Junior Olympics.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry8 January 2007

Tauna Vandeweghe
swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Tauna Kay Vandeweghe
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
61, 18 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 1 inches (185.42 cm)

Relationships:

mother of
daughter of
daughter of
younger sister of
Younger than Kiki Vandeweghe by 1 year.
niece of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, in the 100-meter backstroke.

Katherine Webb
model, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Elizabeth Webb
Also Known As:
Katherine Elizabeth Webb-McCarron
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
31
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Older than AJ McCarron by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Miss Alabama USA 2012. TV series Splash as a diver.

Johnny Weissmuller
actor, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Janos Weiszmueller
Janos Weißmüller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
ex-husband of
Older than Lupe Vélez by 4 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie Tarzan the Ape Man (1932). Olympic Gold Medal 1924 five times.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Bill Williams
swimming, dancer, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Hermann August Wilhelm Katt
Nickname(s):
Willie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Barbara Hale, until he died.
Older than Barbara Hale by 6 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movies Murder in the Blue Room, Till the End of Time, West of the Pecos, Rio Lobo. TV show The Adventures of Kit Carson.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6145 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Esther Williams
actor, swimming, singer, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Esther Jane Williams
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Ben Gage by 6 years.
wife of
Fernando Lamas, until his earlier death.
Younger than Fernando Lamas by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Often in a swimming suit. Movies This Time for Keeps, Neptune's Daughter, Million Dollar Mermaid, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Dangerous When Wet. Commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1560 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry
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