Martina Moravcová

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Martina Moravcová
Personal information
Nickname(s)The Slovak Fish [1]
NationalityFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
Born (1976-01-16) 16 January 1976 (age 44)
Piešťany, Trnava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, butterfly, medley
ClubŠKP Kúpele Piešťany (Slovakia)
Dallas Mustangs (USA)
College team SMU Mustangs

Martina Moravcová (born 16 January 1976 in Piešťany, Trnava, Czechoslovakia) is a medley, butterfly and freestyle swimmer from Slovakia. She made her international swimming debut in 1991 for Czechoslovakia, and has gone on to compete in five consecutive Summer Olympics (1992–2008). She is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, both achieved at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In the 100-meter butterfly, she finished second to Inge de Bruijn, and in the 200-meter freestyle, she finished eight one-hundredths of a second to home favorite Susie O'Neill.


Early life

Martina Moravcová was born in 1976 in Piešťany. As a child, she liked to go to the swimming pool and swim in Váh river and when she became a young girl, participated in yachting on Sĺňava Lake. [1] In the 1990s she moved to Dallas, Texas where she started attending Southern Methodist University.


In 1999 she was named the NCAA's Women's Swimmer of the Year [2] While at SMU, she won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top female swimmer in 1999. [3] [4] In 2002 and 2004, she was the top women's winner on FINA's World Cup series. Her 105 gold medals in this competition ranks her second all-time, behind Katinka Hosszú. [5]

In 2014 she became a coach of a Slovak Swimming Camp at which she helped 700 children to achieve their goals. [6]

Currently she is an assistant coach to Steve Collins at the Southern Methodist University [7] and is a mother to two children. [6]

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Preceded by
Jenny Thompson
World Record holder
Women's 100 Butterfly (25m)

26 January 22 November 2002
Succeeded by
Natalie Coughlin
Preceded by

Xiaowen Hu
Jenny Thompson
World Record holder
Women's 100 Individual Medley (25m)

12 December 1998 16 January 1999
2 April 1999
Succeeded by

Jenny Thompson
Jenny Thompson
Sporting positions
Preceded by

Alison Sheppard
World Cup
Female Overall Winner

Succeeded by

Alison Sheppard
Anna-Karin Kammerling
Preceded by
Denys Sylantyev
Mare Nostrum
Overall Winner

Succeeded by
Camelia Potec