Misty Hyman

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Misty Hyman
Personal information
Full name Misty Dawn Hyman
Nationality  United States
Born (1979-03-23) March 23, 1979 (age 36)
Mesa, Arizona
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 143 lb (65 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, butterfly
Club Arizona Desert Fox
College team Stanford University

Misty Dawn Marie Hyman (born March 23, 1979) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. Hyman won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.


Swimming career[edit]

1996 Olympic Trials[edit]

In March 1996, she just missed making the USA Olympic team for the 1996 Games, finishing third and fourth at the USA Trials in the 100 and 200 butterflies.

1996 Finswimming World Championship[edit]

Hyman competed as a member of the USA Finswimming Team at the 8th World Championship held in Hungary during August 1996.[2][3][4]

2000 Summer Olympics[edit]

Hyman was only expected to contend for silver in women's 200-meter butterfly on the night of September 20, 2000, as Australian Susie O'Neill was expected to repeat her title (O'Neill had been undefeated in the 200-meter butterfly for the previous 3–4 years; and was swimming in her home country). So shocked was Hyman looked at the scoreboard three times just to make sure that she had won.

Also in 2000, Hyman was ranked 35th in the world in the 50-meter butterfly, twelfth in the 100-meter butterfly, and second in the 200-meter butterfly.

Post 2000 Olympics[edit]

Hyman failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics after finishing a disappointing 8th place in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She retired from the sport of swimming shortly after.


Hyman graduated from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Stanford University, where she swam from the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team. She twice received the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year in 1997–98 and again in 2000–01.[5] She graduated from Stanford in 2002.

In 2009, Hyman returned to Shadow Mountain High School and was appointed the Head Swim Coach. She would later be awarded the "Coach of the Year" award later that season. Hyman switched to part-time coaching at SMHS in 2011.

Hyman swam at AFOX under head coach and swim improver Bob Gillett. He was not there to see her swim, but her performance in the "golden" swim is among his biggest accomplishments.

In 1984, Hyman was diagnosed with asthma.

On November 19, 2009, it was announced that Hyman would be teaching private swim instructions as a part of the fitness team at the Sanctuary on Camelback Resort[6] in her home state of Arizona in Paradise Valley, working with people at all levels of performance ability.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John Eisenberg (September 21, 2000). "Hyman sinks favored O'Neill U.S. swimmer tops Aussie in butterfly; SUMMER OLYMPICS". The Sun. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ "FIN SWIMMING". Underwater Society of America. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "8th Finswimming World Championship". Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Howley, Elaine K. (January 7, 2014). "MonoMermaid The Olympic champion’s other breathless aquatic adventures". United States Masters Swimming, Inc. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Swimming & Diving. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  6. ^ Sanctuary on Camelback Resort

External links[edit]

  • Misty Hyman – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com

Preceded by
Limin Liu
Women's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (short course)

December 1, 1996 – March 28, 1997
Succeeded by
Ayari Aoyama