Franziska van Almsick

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Franziska van Almsick
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1989-0730-002, Jörg Hoffmann und Franziska van Almsick mit Medaillen.jpg
Jörg Hoffmann together with Franziska van Almsick (just 11 years old) at the Spartakiad in 1989
Personal information
Nationality  Germany
Born (1978-04-05) 5 April 1978 (age 36)
East Berlin, now Berlin
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 66 kilograms (146 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club SG Neukölln

Franziska van Almsick (born 5 April 1978 in Berlin, East Berlin) is a German swimmer. She won her first Olympic medals in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympic Games aged fourteen.

Her career begun at the SC Dynamo Berlin.[3] She has the distinction of having the most career Olympic medals without ever winning a gold medal. Over her career, Van Almsick won ten Olympic medals, none of them gold. She ended her career at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

In 1993, she was named by Swimming World magazine as the Female World Swimmer of the Year. She has two sons, born in 2006 and 2013. The family's residence is Heidelberg.

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Records
Preceded by
East Germany Heike Friedrich
Women's 200 metre freestyle
world record holder (long Course)

6 September 1994 – 27 March 2007
Succeeded by
Italy Federica Pellegrini
Awards
Preceded by
Heike Henkel
German Sportswoman of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Katja Seizinger
Preceded by
Katja Seizinger
German Sportswoman of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Katja Seizinger
Preceded by
Hannah Stockbauer
German Sportswoman of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Hannah Stockbauer
Preceded by
Hungary Krisztina Egerszegi
World Swimmer of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Australia Samantha Riley
Preceded by
Hungary Krisztina Egerszegi
European Swimmer of the Year
1993 – 1994
Succeeded by
Hungary Krisztina Egerszegi
Preceded by
Netherlands Inge de Bruijn
European Swimmer of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
Germany Hannah Stockbauer