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Christine Marie Magnuson (born October 17, 1985) is an American competition swimmer and two-time Olympic medalist. She has won a total of five medals in major international competition, four silvers, and one bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Christine Magnuson
Personal information
Full nameChristine Marie Magnuson
National team United States
Born (1985-10-17) October 17, 1985 (age 33)
Palos Heights, Illinois
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight161 lb (73 kg)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubTucson Ford Dealers Aquatics
College teamUniversity of Tennessee


Early yearsEdit

Magnuson was born in Palos Heights, Illinois, and graduated from Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. She received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee, where she swam for the Tennessee Volunteers swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition from 2005 to 2008. At the 2008 NCAA Championships, Magnuson won an individual national championship in the 100-yard butterfly. She finished her college career with 23 All-American honors, three school records and five SEC individual championships.

International swimming careerEdit

2008 Summer OlympicsEdit

Magnuson won the silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly final, finishing behind Libby Trickett of Australia who had won the gold medal in an Oceanic record.[1] She also set an American record in that event during the semifinals. Magnuson earned her second medal, also a silver, in the 4×100-meter medley relay finishing behind team Australia.[2]

2009 World ChampionshipsEdit

Magnuson advanced to the 100-meter butterfly semifinals and finished tenth overall. Magnuson also swam the third leg in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay but the United States finished fourth in the final.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Magnuson wins silver in 100 butterfly
  2. ^ M.A. Mehta (August 17, 2008). "Plainsboro's Soni wins third medal, takes silver in 4×100 medley relay". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 27, 2009.

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