Brooke Bennett

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Brooke Bennett
Personal information
Full name Brooke Marie Bennett
National team  United States
Born (1980-05-06) May 6, 1980 (age 35)
Tampa, Florida
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 126 lb (57 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Brandon Blue Wave

Brooke Marie Bennett (born May 6, 1980) is an American former competition swimmer and three-time Olympic champion.

Swimming career[edit]

1996 Summer Olympics[edit]

Bennett’s first gold medal came in the 800 meter freestyle race at the 1996 Summer Olympics. This accomplishment, coming days after her grandfather died, was overshadowed by the fact that this was the last Olympic race in the career of swimming legend Janet Evans.[1][2]

1998 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

2000 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, she would win two more gold medals in the 400 and 800 meter freestyle races, with the latter coming in Olympic-record time.[3]

Post 2000 Olympics[edit]

Her attempt for a third straight Olympic appearance fell short in 2004, following operations on both of her shoulders in 2001. She finished third in the 800 m freestyle (with only the top two finishers qualify for the Olympic Team). The Tampa Tribune reported in December 2005 that Bennett was planning an Olympic comeback in 2008, but her bid for a 3rd Olympics came up short.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Dodd (July 26, 1996). "Bennett wins 800 freestyle for grandfather Popov reigns in sprint". USA TODAY. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ Christine Brennan (July 26, 1996). "In Final Swim, Evans Is Left in Wake; Bennett Wins 800; Dolan Is Seventh In 200-Meter IM". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "ESPN Sydney Swimming". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jenny Thompson
Swimming World
American Swimmer of the Year

Succeeded by
Natalie Coughlin