Nathan Adrian believes that having fun is the key to success. He's a three-time Olympic gold medalist who holds the American record in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle. Raised in Bremerton, Washington, Nathan earned his first gold medal in his Olympic debut at the 2008 Olympics. At the 2012 Olympics, Nathan won two gold medals and a silver medal. That same year Nathan graduated from UC Berkeley with plans on becoming a doctor, but for now, he's inspiring a new generation to dive in and have fun while doing it.
Her first international breakthrough came in 2009 when she was selected for the World Championship team. She hit top form in 2014, winning the Commonwealth, European and British titles over 800m Freestyle as well as European and British gold and Commonwealth silver in the 400m Free, lowering her Welsh records over 200m, 400m and 800m Free over the course of the season.
Lauren attended her first swim lesson at age 7. She then started traveling internationally for swimming at 16. Lauren is one of New Zealand's greatest female swimmers. In 2013 she claimed three bronze medals at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, becoming only the second New Zealander to do and the first woman to ever do so at a World Championships.
2013 was the year where Mackenzie “Mack” Horton announced himself on the world stage, with an incredible 5 Gold Medals, and 5 Championship Records at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Dubai. Mack took out the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle events, as well as anchoring the Boys 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team to victory.
French freestyle sprint star Florent has his eye on three training kit essentials this Christmas, starting with our impressive 30-litre Team Rucksack III. Just the ticket for his daily training sessions, it has ample space for the Olympic champion’s other Christmas wishlist items – our Aqua V Cap and Fastskin Elite Mirror Goggle.
Conor’s swimming career has taken him all over the world, but he’s a Midwesterner at heart. Conor grew up in Illinois as a well-rounded athlete. He first attended the University of Iowa and then swam for the University of Florida, finishing his college career with twelve All-American honors and three NCAA titles. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Conor earned a gold medal when the US team placed first in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Most recently, he earned a silver medal at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona. Conor has been all over the world but he’s still happiest in the pool.
Femke’s career launched in 2005 at the World Long Course Championships in Montreal. She leads a career with over 20 international championship medals, 19 time Dutch Champion and Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion award.
After reaching two finals on an encouraging European Junior Championship debut in 2010, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor burst on to the scene in 2011, winning 200m Individual Medley gold at the ASA National Championships to secure a place at the World Championships in Shanghai. She was the youngest swimmer on the London 2012 Olympic team. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she became the first GB woman to win a medal in 200 IM.
Takayuki took up swimming seriously in 2003 in Hamamatsu, Japan and began training and competing when he was in high school.
Every so often, it’s worthwhile to take a moment and appreciate how much work has been done over the years to achieve women’s equality. It’s hard to think that there was a time when women weren’t allowed to compete in any sport, let alone swimming!
Want to know what makes breaststroke world champ Christian Sprenger tick? We quizzed the Australian swimmer with your need-to-know questions during our video Q&A, including what keeps him motivated, how relaxes and what’s playing on his iPod right now.
Ryan began swimming with his twin brother Devon in the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. After graduating from the program, he first became immersed in competitive swimming through a summer camp put on by the local swim club Island Swimming. During the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Ryan became the first Canadian male to win a medal in 400m Free.