Professional swimmers differ from country to country, some being more interesting than others, some faster, some just out there to earn their medals and break records. Swimmers in the USA tend to be a bit more eccentric, take Michael Phelps, who dominated the pools from 2001 to 2016, with some breaks in between. He was also known for his gambling. Though Phelps preferred poker, he could’ve also indulged in slots or scratchcards. He could’ve obtained a Scratch Mania bonus coupon and played in private, while having access to bonuses and promotions.
European swimmers are different, however, in that regard. Not all of them are occasional
Sarah Sjostrom was born in Sweden in 1993 and is well-known for her butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. Standing over one meter and eighty centimeters, she is quite tall and for a 21-year old, already has five World Championship titles and three Olympic Games appearances, including a gold medal in 2016, for the 100-meter butterfly race. She earned over 40 medals to this day.
Born in Russia in 2000, he is the first individual born in the 21st century to hold a world record for a solitary event, in this case, the 100-meter backstroke. He broke the previous record in 2017, writing his own name in history. Even his debut, at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, saw him setting junior records.
Today, he holds 13 gold medals, 3 silver ones and a single bronze medal. 6 of those 13 gold medals are from the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, held in Buenos Aires.
Adam Peaty is a well-established British swimmer, born in 1994. His specialization is the breaststroke. He has over 20 gold medals, and has broken 10 world records up to today. He currently holds 2 world records, one for the 50-meter breaststroke and another for the 100-meter breaststroke.
Peaty’s success comes from a very strong work ethic, as he takes every opportunity he has to its limit. He would have joined the army or navy, were he not a professional swimmer.
Gregorio is a professional swimmer, born in Italy in 1994. His specialties are longer races, specifically 1500 meters, for which he currently holds a world record, established at the 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Netanya, Israel. He specializes in freestyle, namely 800 and 1500 meters, both of which have lead to him earning gold medals. He also has a gold medal for a 10-kilometer marathon.
Paul is a retired professional swimmer, born in Germany in 1986. He won over 10 gold medals, but more importantly, currently holds 3 world records, for the 200-meter short and long course freestyle, and for the 400-meter long course freestyle. Two records were set in 2008, and the third in 2009.
These are some of Europe’s best swimmers, who currently hold world records, or have held them at some point.