Meet the Athletes (and Their Killer Bodies) of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team
MICHAEL PHELPS, 31
You know this name – and these muscles. Phelps is already the most-decorated Olympian of all time, with 22 medals (18 of which are gold) to his name, but he's going for even more this summer in Rio – which he told reporters will be his last games.
MISSY FRANKLIN, 21
Franklin took home four gold medals in London – and has 11 World Championship gold medals on top of that. She swims backstroke and freestyle.
RYAN LOCHTE, 31
He won two gold medals in Beijing in 2008, but Lochte really earned international fame after the London 2012 Olympics thanks to appearances on 30 Rock and 90210, and his own reality show, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?. He's making a return to the Olympics this summer, and will undoubtedly bring his medal count into the double digits.
KATIE LEDECKY, 19
She swam in London when she was just 15 years old – and took home a gold. Now, she's older, equipped with nine World Championship gold medals and is surely looking to add more gold to her collection.
CONNOR JAEGER, 25
An All-American NCAA swimmer, Jaeger is set to make his second Olympic appearance this summer. He didn't medal in London, but snagged a silver last year at the World Championships, so perhaps he'll shine down in South America.
OLIVIA SMOLIGA, 21
Smoliga just missed making it to London, landing fourth in the 100-meter backstroke. But she's set to go to Rio after redeeming herself this year: she won that same race in the trials, beating Natalie Coughlin and Missy Franklin, both of whom had won the Olympic gold medal in the event before.
CONOR DWYER, 27
You may recognize Dwyer's name from London, where he took home the gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle. He's won three more World Championship gold medals since then, and is undoubtedly looking to add to his collection.
DANA VOLLMER, 28
You saw her in 2004 and 2012 (she failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic team) and she'll be back again in 2016 – this time, just over a year after giving birth to her first child. But Vollmer has a lot to live up to in Brazil: She's only ever won gold medals at the Olympics.
NATHAN ADRIAN, 27
Adrian swam for Team U.S.A. in 2008 and 2012, and is back again for round three in Rio. He's got four Olympic medals – three gold – to his name.
ANTHONY ERVIN, 35
Ervin has been on the swimming scene since 2000, when he won gold at the Sydney Olympics.
SIMONE MANUEL, 19
She's only a teen, but Manuel has already made a name for herself in the swimming world: she's the current American record holder for the 100-meter freestyle, and has two gold medals from the World Championships. Rio will be her first Olympics.
RYAN MURPHY, 21
A new addition to the U.S.A.'s Olympic squad, Murphy swims the 200-meter backstroke and has already won gold twice at the World Championships. Hopefully he keeps up his string of good luck in Rio.
ALLISON SCHMITT, 26
She swam in Beijing and again in London, collecting six Olympic medals (three gold) in the process. Now, the freestyle swimmer is off to Rio to go for more.