~History of Swimming~

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps' accomplishments in swimming are countless, but his most
impressive to date is winning eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympics
in Beijing, and beating Mark Spitz’s record of winning seven gold medals
in a single Olympics. He has been called the greatest current swimmer of
all time and has been voted Swimmer of the Year four times in 2004, 2005,
2006 and 2007.

Mark Spitz

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hillyblue/2408620013/ Mark Spitz is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time.
He was named swimmer of the year in 1969, 1971 and 1972. At the
1972 Olympics in Munich, he was the first athlete to win seven gold
medals from a single Olympics. In 2000, Spitz was voted the greatest
Olympian of all time and athlete of the century in water sports.
The International Olympic Committee also counted him as one of the
five athletes of the century.

Amanda Beard

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23816756@N05/2746625623/ Amanda Beard has competed in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympic games
and has won seven gold medals. She made her mark on the swimming when
she became the second youngest gold medallist at the 1996 Atlanta games.
She holds the world-record in the 200m breastroke and the American record
in the 200m breastroke, 100m breastroke and the 200m individual medley.

Ian Thorpe

Ian Thorpe , also known as the “Thorpedo”, has won five Olympic gold medals, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtlin/304294323/
moret han any other Australian athlete. He is also the recipient
of 11 World Championships gold medals, the second most for any
Australian swimmer. He was nominated as World Swimmer of the Year
by Swimming World International magazine.