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In one of the greatest Olympic performances by an American woman, Amy Van Dyken won four gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Van Dyken, whose victories came in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4x100 free relay and 4x100 medley relay, is the only American woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics.
Member of the 2008 U.S. Men's 4x100m Olympic Gold Medalist relay team at the Beijing Olympics; Gold Medalist in the 4x100m free relay and Silver medalist in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 World Championships
In 1979, Diana Nyad plunged into the history books by completing the longest swim ever. The distance was 102.5 miles from the coast of Bimini to the Florida shore. This incredible record, longest swim by a man or a woman would stand for eighteen years.
In 1964, Donna deVarona won two gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics. During her swimming career, she held 18 world records and 33 national records in all strokes and was named the most outstanding female athlete in the world by Associated Press and United Press International. Featured as the cover girl for magazines such as Life, Time, The Saturday Evening Post and twice for Sports Illustrated, Donna is recognized as the Queen of Swimming of her era.
Ian Thorpe nicknamed the Thorpedo and Thorpey, is an Australian swimmer who specialises in freestyle, but also competes in backstroke and the individual medley.
Unusually slender for a swimmer at 5-foot-5 and only 102 pounds, Evans dominated the 1987 U. S. championships by winning four events, the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual medley. She was the first woman to break the 16-minute barrier for 1,500 meters.
Lenny Krayzelburg, three time Olympic gold medal winner for backstroke, has a self-effacing charm and strikingly good looks that have transformed him into a media darling. People Magazine has recognized him as one of the Fifty Most Beautiful People of 2000.
American swimmer Mark Spitz achieved an Olympic record in 1972 that may never be equalled: seven gold medals. Perhaps no one athlete put more pressure on himself than American swimmer Mark Spitz. The athlete's bold predictions and cocky disposition made it almost impossible for him to live up to the standards he was setting for himself.
When you think of the Olympics, you think of heroic competition and accomplishments. Well, in 2000 at the Sydney Aquatic Center, Misty provided the World a Race for the Ages!
Member of the 1980 Olympic Swim Team that boycotted the Olympics held in Moscow, then came back to win three gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games in the 100m free, the 400m free relay and the 400m medley relay.
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Summer Sanders emerged as the most decorated U. S. swimmer, winning two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. The California native captured three gold medals at the 1990 Goodwill Games before embarking on her collegiate career at Stanford University.