Allison Schmitt

Allison on the friends she's made through swimming

“Taking in all the memories with these amazing people, I feel pretty lucky with the paths I have crossed, and the people I have met because of swimming.”

When the call comes, you answer. Allison Schmitt did at the 2012 Olympics in London. After she’d earned her two golds, a silver and a bronze, she was ready to relax. Uh, not so fast. Coaches called on her to anchor the last women’s race, the 400m medley relay, an event the U.S. hadn’t won since the 2000 Olympics. Her stellar performances earlier in the Games proved her qualification, and she didn’t disappoint. With her teammates each slicing through the water on world-record pace, Allison punctuated U.S. gold in world-record time. That’s how you answer the call for your team.

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  • Birthday: June 7, 1990
  • College: University of Georgia

Sweet Achievement

“Being a part of the 2012 Olympics 400m medley relay team. I knew the three other girls already had their world records, and I wanted to join the club.”

Winning Record

  • Olympic Games
    2016 – Silver, 400m freestyle relay; Gold, 800m freestyle relay
    2012 – Gold, 200m freestyle; Silver, 400m freestyle; Gold, 400m medley relay (WR); Gold, 800m freestyle relay; Bronze, 400m freestyle relay
    2008 – Bronze, 800m freestyle relay
  • World Championships
    2012 – Gold, 200m freestyle (scm); Gold, 400m freestyle relay (scm); Gold, 800m freestyle relay (scm)
    2011 – Gold, 800m freestyle relay
    2009 – Silver, 200m freestyle; Silver, 800m freestyle relay (WR)