Named NCAA Swimmer of the Year and Southeastern Conference's Athlete of the Year in 1988.
First athlete to pose in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, in 1994.
Amassed nine Olympic medals with four golds; racked up five of those medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney after a seven-year layoff from swimming.
Featured in P.H. Mullen's book Gold in the Water, which documents her 2000 Olympic comeback.
First female winner of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach celebrity car race (in 2002).
Reported and announced for cable and broadcast networks such as NBC, ESPN, TNT, OLN and Fox News Channel; served as a correspondent for swimming and track events for SportsChannel America and SportsChannel Florida.
Converted to Judaism before marrying her second husband; inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Eclipsed her own American 50m freestyle record in 2007 at the age of 40, a mere 15 months after giving birth to her first child.
Only swimmer to compete in five Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008.
Oldest swimmer in Olympic history at 41 years old.
Qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials at the Masters World Championships three months after giving birth to her daughter, Tessa; known to have breast-fed in between races.
Said to spend more than $100,000 per year on training alone; uses "resistance stretching" with trainers, coaches, a chiropractor and a team of massage therapists.
Amidst steroid rumors (because of her age), volunteered for a United States Anti-Doping Agency pilot program to help identify performance-enhancing drugs in the future.
Jeff Gowen — Ex-husband
Itzhak Shasha — Ex-husband
Edward Torres — Father
Tessa Grace — Daughter
David Hoffman — Ex-significant Other
Marylu Kauder — Mother
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States (1990)