Franziska van Almsick

Franziska van Almsick (born 5 April 1978 in Berlin, East Berlin) is a German swimmer. She won her first Olympic medals in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympic Games aged fourteen.

Franziska van Almsick
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0730-002, Jörg Hoffmann und Franziska van Almsick mit Medaillen.jpg
Jörg Hoffmann together with Franziska van Almsick (just 11 years old) at the Spartakiad in 1989
Personal information
Full nameFranziska van Almsick
Nationality Germany
Born (1978-04-05) 5 April 1978 (age 42)
East Berlin, East Germany
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubSG Neukölln

Her career began at the SC Dynamo Berlin.[1] She has the distinction of having the most career Olympic medals, ten, without ever winning a gold medal. She ended her career at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

In 1993, she was named by Swimming World magazine as the Female World Swimmer of the Year.

She has two sons, born in 2006 and 2013. The family's residence is Heidelberg.

See alsoEdit

 
Franziska van Almsick in 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Zeiten der Liebe : Textarchiv : Berliner Zeitung". Archived from the original on 11 January 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2007.

External linksEdit

Records
Preceded by
Heike Friedrich
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)

6 September 1994 – 27 March 2007
Succeeded by
Federica Pellegrini
Awards
Preceded by
Heike Henkel
German Sportswoman of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Katja Seizinger
Preceded by
Katja Seizinger
German Sportswoman of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Katja Seizinger
Preceded by
Hannah Stockbauer
German Sportswoman of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Hannah Stockbauer
Preceded by
Krisztina Egerszegi
World Swimmer of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Samantha Riley
Preceded by
Krisztina Egerszegi
European Swimmer of the Year
1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Krisztina Egerszegi
Preceded by
Inge de Bruijn
European Swimmer of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Hannah Stockbauer