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Franziska van Almsick

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 4
Bronze 6
Total 10
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameFranziska•van Almsick
Used nameFranziska•van Almsick
Born5 April 1978 in Ost-Berlin (East Berlin), Berlin (GER)
Measurements181 cm / 66 kg
AffiliationsSG Neukölln, Berlin (GER)
NOC Germany

Biography

Franziska van Almsick is one of the greatest European female swimmers ever. From 1992 through 2004 she won 10 medals at the Olympics as a freestyler, although she did not win an Olympic gold medal. Her medals have come in the 100 and 200 free and the relay events for Germany. As of 2020, van Almsick is the only Olympian who has won 10 Olympic medals but never won a gold medal.

Van Almsick was World Champion in the 100 free in 1994, but her greatest successes have come at the European Championships, where in both 1993 and 1995 she won six gold medals at that meet. Her championships at the 1993 Europeans were in the sprint freestyle events (50, 100, 200) and the three relays, while in 1995 she increased her distance a bit, winning over 100, 200, and 400 freestyle, and again anchoring all three German relay teams to victory. Her beauty and swim prowess have brought her great fame in Germany and enabled her to become quite wealthy via endorsements.

Personal Bests: 50 freestyle – 25.40 (1994); 100 freestyle – 54.39 (2002); 200 freestyle – 1:56.64 (2002); 100 butterfly – 59.15 (2002); 200 butterfly – 2:10.58 (2000).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Franziska van Almsick
50 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 16
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 7
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 2 Silver
1996 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Franziska van Almsick
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 6
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Franziska van Almsick
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 11
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 17
200 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 28
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 4
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GER Franziska van Almsick
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 17
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 5
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 17
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Germany 3 Bronze

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