Kirsty Coventry

Kirsty Coventry















Kirsty competed in her first Olympics at age 16 and has since become one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Representing her home country of Zimbabwe, Kirsty competed in Sydney, Athens (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze), Beijing (3 silver, 1 gold) and London, bringing home a combined seven Olympic medals. Kirsty has held world records in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke.  She earned her degree in hotel and restaurant management from Auburn University, where she was a pivotal member of the 2003 and 2004 NCAA Division I National Championship teams under then head coach David Marsh. Kirsty is an active humanitarian and advocate for several health-centric organizations in Zimbabwe, and became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2013. She moved to Charlotte in the summer of 2014 with her husband, Ty, to train with SwimMAC’s Team Elite for the Olympics in Rio. 


Swimming accomplishments:

2015 Fina World Championships - her time in 100 back (9th) qualified her to represent Zimbabwe in Rio 2016 

2015 Brazzaville All Africa Games - 3 golds in 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke, and 200m Individual Medley

2012 London Olympic Games - 100m back (12th), 200m back (6th), 200 IM (6th) all after a knee dislocation & pneumonia
2008 Beijing Olympic Games - Gold and world record in 200m back, silver and world record in 100 back, silver in 200IM, silver in 400IM

2004 Athens Olympic Games - Gold in 200 back, silver in 200 back, bronze in 200IM

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