Emily Silver

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Emily Silver
Personal information
Full name Emily Susan Silver
Nationality United States
Born (1985-10-09) October 9, 1985 (age 28)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle, IM
Club California Aquatics
College team University of California, Berkeley

Emily Susan Silver (born October 9, 1985) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic medalist.[1] She was a member of the silver-medal-winning U.S. team of the 4×100 metre freestyle relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She competed alongside US swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Lacey Nymeyer and Kara Lynn Joyce. Silver overcame a broken hand suffered in the Olympic trials, returning after a few weeks to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Silver swam collegiately at the University of California, Berkeley. She was named team MVP as a freshman and served as co-captain of the team in 2007–2008. She achieved All-American status in twenty different events including the 50 m free, 100 m free, 200 m free, 400 m free relay, and 800 m free relay, among others. Silver was the 2007 Pac-10 champion in the 100 m free and 200 m free. She also set the school record in the 50 m free in 2007, breaking future US swimming teammate Natalie Coughlin’s record.

Silver's post-swimming career highlights include a two-year stint as Athlete Relations Manager for USA Swimming. Her responsibilities included managing the swimmers who were a part of USA Swimming’s Athlete Partnership Agreement, and overseeing the USA Swimming Family Program. She also worked for lululemon athletica, coordinating promotional events and managing a research and development program. Silver was hired as a Marketing Communications Associate by SwimOutlet.com, where her duties will include social media, sports marketing and public relations.


At the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, Quebec, Silver earned a bronze medal swimming in the heats of the 4×100 m freestyle relay.[2]

At 2007 World University Games in Thailand, Silver won a gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle and a silver in the 4×100 m medley relay.

At the 2008 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), Silver earned a gold medal swimming in the heats of the 4×100 m medley. She placed 8th in the 200 m individual medley, 100 m freestyle, and 100 m backstroke.[3]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Silver earned a silver medal swimming in the heats of the 4×100 m freestyle.

Silver is the niece of Larry Barbiere, a finalist in the men's 100-meter backstroke at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China - Competed as a member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic swimming team - Silver medalist, 4 X 100 freestyle relay

2008 World Swimming Championships Manchester, England -Competed as member of U.S. Women’s swimming team -Silver medalist, 4 X 100 freestyle relay -Finalist in three individual events

2007 World University Games Bangkok - Competed as member of U.S. Women’s swimming team - Gold medalist, 4 X 100 freestyle relay - Silver medalist, 4 X 100 medley relay

2005 World Swimming Championships Montreal, Canada - Competed as member of U.S. Women’s swimming team - Silver medalist, 4 X 100 freestyle relay

USA Swimming National “A” Team - Selected as member of USA Swimming national team, 2005–06 and 2008–09

Women’s swimming, University of California, Berkeley - Team co-captain, 2007–08 - 20 All-American honors during four-year college career - 3-time American and NCAA record holder - 3-time individual champion, Pacific 10 Conference Championships

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