Margaret Hoelzer

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Margaret Hoelzer
Personal information
Full name Margaret Hoelzer
Nationality  United States
Born (1983-03-30) March 30, 1983 (age 31)
Huntsville, Alabama
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, freestyle
Club FAST Swim Team
College team Auburn University

Margaret Hoelzer (born March 30, 1983) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Hoelzer competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


While in Huntsville, Hoelzer swam in the summer for Jones Valley Recreation Association, and swam for her high school, Huntsville High School. She also coached for JVRA.

Hoelzer swam for the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team while attending Auburn University, where she earned her degree in psychology with a minor in criminology. In 2009, Hoelzer relocated to Seattle, Washington and then to Fullerton, California with coach Sean Hutchison to train at Fullerton Aquatics.

Swimming career[edit]

2003 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

2004 Olympics[edit]

At the 2004 US Olympic Trials, Hoelzer qualified to swim the 200 m backstroke by placing first, with a time of 2:11.88. She also swam in the 100 m backstroke, but did not qualify to swim that event at the Olympics.

In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, she placed 5th in the 200 m backstroke, with a time of 2:10.70.

2005 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

2007 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

2008 Olympics[edit]

At the US Trials on July 1, 2008, Hoelzer qualified to swim in the 100 m backstroke at the 2008 Olympics. On July 5, 2008, Hoelzer broke her former Auburn University roommate Kirsty Coventry's world record of 2:06.39 in the 200 m backstroke with a time of 2:06.09, ultimately qualifying for her second event in the 2008 Olympics. This record was broken in Beijing by Coventry. She also qualified for the women's 4x100 medley relay.

Hoelzer won a bronze medal in the 100 m backstroke on August 12 in Beijing.[1] She also won the silver medal in the 200 m backstroke on August 16,[2] and the silver medal in the 4x100 m medley relay on August 17[2] after swimming in the qualifying heats for that event.

Personal life[edit]

Hoelzer has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child.[3] Hoelzer said she is sharing her story to make sure what happened to her does not happen to others.

Hoelzer is the national spokesperson for the National Children's Advocacy Center, and has received the "Voice of Courage" award from the Darkness to Light organization.[4]

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Preceded by
Kirsty Coventry
Women's 200-meter backstroke
world record-holder (long course)

July 5, 2008 – August 16, 2008
Succeeded by
Kirsty Coventry