Misty Hyman

Misty on her swimming life

“Swimming has brought so many wonderful things into my life and allowed me to learn a lot about myself. It has really pushed me to grow as a person!”

Among all her swimming achievements, Misty Hyman is perhaps best known for one defining race. At the 2000 Olympics, Misty took gold in the 200m butterfly and set an American record by defeating the Australian who hadn’t lost that event in six years.

“When I got up behind the blocks, I wasn’t thinking about who was next to me and that it was the Olympic finals. I was just focusing on swimming,” Misty said. ”To actually have that breakthrough race, was incredible. I still have trouble putting into words.”


  • Birthday: March 23, 1979
  • Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Sweet Achievement

“Upsetting the reigning 200m butterflyer in American-record time at the 2000 Olympics”

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2000 – Gold, 200m butterfly
  • World Championships
    1998 – Bronze, 200m butterfly; Gold, 400m medley relay
    1995 – Gold, 100m backstroke (scm)
    1997 – Silver, 200m backstroke (scm); Bronze, 100m backstroke (scm); Bronze, 100m butterfly (scm); Bronze, 200m butterfly (scm); Silver, 400m medley relay (scm)
  • Pan Pacific Championships
    1999 – Bronze, 200m butterfly
    1997 – Bronze, 200m butterfly