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 of her career. 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 several 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.
Jessica announced what is “probably” her retirement from competitive swimming after placing 6th in the 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Olympic Trials. 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.
Dominik Meichtry, a 3-time Swiss Olympic swimmer, and Jessica were wed by their mutual coach Dave Salo, in October 2013. She began a career in the wine industry about a month after her last swim race, and enjoys challenging her senses beyond chlorinated confinements.
Find out more about Jessica’s journey by checking in with her on social media (@swimhardy). A heartfelt thank you goes to all of her fans, followers, enthusiasts, & sponsors for your continued support!