About Jessica


Jessica’s story has been well documented throughout her decade-long standing as one of the world’s most dominant swimmers. She has overcome more adversities than any one person should ever have to, but has resurged more paramount each time. Her story “Swimming Toward the Gold Lining: How Jessica Hardy turned her wounds into wisdom” is one of the most unique and inspiring of all time.

Jessica has continued to impress each and every year since her rookie performance at the 2005 World Championships. There, she won 3 silver medals and became the first American to break the 100 breaststroke world record in over 20 years.

She has now gone on to break a total of 12 world-records and is the current holder of 3 American records. She has won a staggering total of 28 medals in major international competition to date: 14 gold, 9 silver, and 5 bronze spanning from the Olympics, World, and Pac Pacific Championships. She has competed on every continent besides Antarctica, and credits the friendships she’s made through the sport to be her favorite part of her “job.”

She continues to compete today, eyeing the 2016 Olympics in Rio with more tenacity, courage, and appreciation than most elite athletes can dream of.

Outside of the pool, Jessica frequently gives keynote speeches varying on topics about overcoming adversity, becoming your “best self,” reaching goals, discipline, and more. She enjoys enhancing the competitive competence and confidence of swimmers by providing technique clinics, as well as participating in several philanthropy projects. She married her biggest supporter and the love of her life, Dominik Meichtry, a 3-time Swiss Olympic swimmer, in October 2013.

Continue following Jessica’s journey with her frequent updates on this website and by checking in with her on social media. A heartfelt thank you goes to all of her fans, followers, enthusiasts, & sponsors for your continued support!

Charity Work

Make a Splash Tour with USA Swim Foundation

Jessica is an official ambassador to the USA Swimming Foundation, traveling the U.S. with the Make a Splash Tour. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental death, and Jessica is honored to have the opportunity to increase awareness. Enroll your children in swimming lessons today!

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NEGU All-Star Team

Jessica will be visiting hospitals nation-wide, encouraging and supporting kids/families fighting cancer to Never Ever Give Up! Inspired by 12 yr old Jessie Rees (4/8/99-1/5/12), visit the NEGU website for information on how YOU can help!

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Special Olympics

Jessica supports the Special Olympics, which is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. They provide year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries.

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Quick Stats

  • Hometown: Long Beach, CA
  • Birthday: March 12, 1987
  • Height: 5'11", 183cm
  • Coach: Mark Schubert
  • Club: Golden West Swim Club
  • College: UC Berkeley '07/ASU '16
  • High School: LB Wilson '05
  • Hobbies:

    Traveling, Sports, Fashion, Friends & Family

  • Other Bios:

    USA Swimming, Wikipedia