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Allison Schmitt      

Gold Medalist Olympic Swimmer

Allison Rodgers Schmitt is an American competition swimmer who specializes in freestyle events, and is an eight-time Olympic medalist.

In her Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Schmitt won a bronze medal as a member of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Four years later, at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she won a total of five medals, three of them gold, in the 200-meter freestyle (in which she set a new Olympic record), in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and in the 4×100-meter medley relay (in which a new world record was set); and she also won a silver medal in the 400 meter freestyle, and a bronze medal in the 4 × 100 meter freestyle relay.

At the 2016 Olympic Games, Schmitt was named one of the swim team's captains and won her fourth gold medal and eighth Olympic medal in the finals of the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay with Leah Smith, Maya DiRado, and Katie Ledecky.

In total, Schmitt has won seventeen medals in major international competitions: eleven gold, five silver, and two bronze spanning the Summer Olympics, the FINA World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Pan American Games. She was a four-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national champion in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle swimming events during college, and was a member of the Georgia Bulldogs team that won the NCAA Division I Women's team title in 2013.

Schmitt is also an advocate for depression and mental health, hoping to offer a lifeline to other athletes.


Why Allison Schmitt Came Back to Swimming

Between her second Olympic Games and her third, Allison Schmitt confronted dark demons, a post-Olympic letdown that became depression...

U.S. Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt takes aim at stigma of depression
"This is an emergency": Whistleblower says Olympic Committee needs to do more to address mental health

A former top medical official with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is making stark allegations about the organization's handling of mental health. Dr. Bill Moreau alleges he was let go last May, partly in retaliation for his complaints about the issue, which former Olympians like Michael Phelps have been outspoken about.

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