Considered one of the best American female swimmers ever, she holds 6 Olympic Gold medals, 4 from the 1996 Summer Olympics.
She suffered from asthma and used swimming as a way to strengthen her lungs.
An ATV accident in June 2014 left her paralyzed from the waist down.
She has been married twice, first to Alan McDaniel and then to Tom Rouen.
Some people have said that she is to American women's swimming as Michael Phelps is to American men's swimming.