The first woman ever to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games, the East German swimmer raised controversy over the use of steroids in sports.
The oldest swimmer to swim with the U.S. Olympic tea at 41, Torres also won at least one medal in each of the five Olympics she participated.
Formerly known as "Invincible Insky", she was named female world swimmer of 2000 and 2001 following the three gold medals she had won in Sidney 2000.
The first woman to cover 100-meter backstroke under a minute and to win gold in this section for two Olympic Games in a row.
The first woman to achieve six gold medals in a single Olympic Games (Seoul 1988) Otto could be seen these days on German TV, covering sports events.
Five-time Olympic champion in three Olympic games, the Hungarian swimmer is the first woman to achieve 5 individual Olympic gold medals.
One of the most decorated Olympians in history, Jenny won 12 medals, including 8 gold medals.
A total eight Olympic medals, half of them gold medals, awarded the 14 years record holder in 100 meters with an OBE from Queen Elizabeth.
The most successful athlete at Atlanta 1996 Olympic games, this swimmer overcame asthma to win numerous awards.
The first Australian swimmer to participate in four Olympic Games, Jones retired in 2012 and has been advocating anti-whaling campaign.