Martina Moravcová

Martina Moravcová (born 16 January 1976 in Piešťany, Trnava, Czechoslovakia) is a medley, butterfly and freestyle swimmer from Slovakia. She made her international swimming debut in 1991 for Czechoslovakia, and has gone on to compete in five consecutive Summer Olympics (1992–2008). She is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, both achieved at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In the 100-meter butterfly, she finished second to Inge de Bruijn, and in the 200-meter freestyle, she finished eight one-hundredths of a second to home favorite Susie O'Neill.

Martina Moravcová
Personal information
Nickname(s)The Slovak Fish[1]
Nationality Slovakia
Born (1976-01-16) 16 January 1976 (age 44)
Piešťany, Trnava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly, medley
ClubŠKP Kúpele Piešťany (Slovakia)
Dallas Mustangs (USA)
College teamSMU Mustangs

Early lifeEdit

Martina Moravcová was born in 1976 in Piešťany. As a child, she liked to go to the swimming pool and swim in Váh river and when she became a young girl, participated in yachting on Sĺňava Lake.[1] In the 1990s she moved to Dallas, Texas where she started attending Southern Methodist University.


In 1999 she was named the NCAA's Women's Swimmer of the Year[2] While at SMU, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top female swimmer in 1999.[3][4] In 2002 and 2004, she was the top women's winner on FINA's World Cup series. Her 105 gold medals in this competition ranks her second all-time, behind Katinka Hosszú.[5]

In 2014 she became a coach of a Slovak Swimming Camp at which she helped 700 children to achieve their goals.[6]

Currently she is an assistant coach to Steve Collins at the Southern Methodist University[7] and is a mother to two children.[6]


  1. ^ a b Zuzana Habšudová. "Martina Moravcová: The Slovak Fish". Travel Spectator Slovak. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  2. ^ Moravcová's bio on the SMU Athletics website. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Martina Moravcova Official Website". Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Swimming & Diving". CWSA. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Moravcova Tops Final FINA World Cup Rankings; Balcerzak is Top American". Swimming World. 29 January 2001. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Martina Moravcová odovzdala svoje skúsenosti už 700 deťom". 22 August 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ "SMU Mustang Swim Camp". SMU. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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Preceded by
Jenny Thompson
World Record holder
Women's 100 Butterfly (25m)

26 January – 22 November 2002
Succeeded by
Natalie Coughlin
Preceded by

Xiaowen Hu
Jenny Thompson
World Record holder
Women's 100 Individual Medley (25m)

12 December 1998 – 16 January 1999
2 April 1999
Succeeded by

Jenny Thompson
Jenny Thompson
Sporting positions
Preceded by

Alison Sheppard
World Cup
Female Overall Winner

Succeeded by

Alison Sheppard
Anna-Karin Kammerling
Preceded by
Denys Sylantyev
Mare Nostrum
Overall Winner

Succeeded by
Camelia Potec