About Jessica

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Jessica Hardy is an Olympic gold medalist & a multiple world record-holder, an author & keynote speaker with an invigorating story to tell.

Jessica captivated the swimming audience from the very beginning. At her rookie performance at the 2005 World Championships, she won 3 silver medals and became the first American to break the 100m breaststroke world record in over 20 years.

She then went on to break a total of 12 world-records and remains the current holder of three American records. She won a staggering total of 28 medals in major international competition: 14 gold, 9 silver, and 5 bronze spanning from the Olympics, World, and Pac Pacific Championships. She was elected team captain of the 2013-2015 USA teams, and credits the friendships she’s made through the sport to be her favorite part of the “job.”

Her story has been well documented throughout her decade-long tenure as one of the world’s most dominant swimmers. She released her autobiography “Swimming Toward the Gold Lining: How Jessica Hardy turned her wounds into wisdom” in 2015.

After not qualifying for the 2016 Olympic team, placing 6th in the 100m breaststroke, Jessica announced what is “probably” her retirement from competitive swimming. She looks forward to cheering on the next generations of Team USA, and applying her passion toward her projects outside of the water.

Jessica is in high demand for her exceedingly inspirational speeches. Her speaking topics include: overcoming adversity to become stronger than before, reaching elite-level goals, what world-class discipline looks like, the significance of teamwork, and more. She enjoys enhancing the competitive competence and confidence of swimmers by conducting clinics & mentorship opportunities, as well as participating in several philanthropic 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 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
  • College: UC Berkeley '07/ASU '16
  • High School: LB Wilson '05
  • Hobbies:

    Traveling, Sports, Fashion, Friends & Family

  • Other Bios:

    USA Swimming, Wikipedia