Christine Magnuson

Christine on fear

“Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from doing what you love.”

Throw down a challenge to Christine Magnuson and prepare yourself. She thrives on competition. She’ll race anybody anytime, including the University of Tennessee men’s swim team.

“I honestly don’t care who the competition is because I always believe that maybe today is my day, and I know no one is unbeatable,” she said, “I’m a dangerous person to race because each time I race, I get better.”

Christine’s attitude and optimal work ethic helped her become the one to beat at her first Olympics in 2008.

“I was definitely on the bubble (of being a top contender) coming into Trials, but I always knew I could drop time with a good taper when I needed to,” Christine said.

She earned her first Olympic medal. And, in a new personal best time, 57.08.

Look for even more accomplishments from Christine through 2012.

Read more about Christine in SPLASH magazine (Jan./Feb. 2011), courtesy of USA Swimming.

Watch Christine’s aha moments:


  • Birthday: October 17, 1985
  • College: University of Tennessee

Sweet Achievement:

“Earning the opportunity to represent my country, the University of Tennessee and my family.”

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2008 – Silver, 100m butterfly; Silver, 400m medley relay (AR)
  • World Championships
    2011 – Gold, 400m medley relay
    2010 – Silver, 400m medley relay (scm)
  • Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships
    2010 – Silver, 100m butterfly; Bronze, 50m butterfly
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2009 – Gold, 400m freestyle relay (WR); Silver, 100m butterfly (AR); Bronze, 50m freestyle

Race Clips