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USC Alum (Class of 2012 - Psychology)

Bafa, Hungary


May 3, 1989


  • Fifth-time Olympian for Hungary

  • Competed at 2004 Athens Games, 2008 Beijing Games, 2012 London Games and 2016 Rio Games

  • Four-time Olympic medalist (3x Gold, 1x Silver)

  • 2016 Rio Games

    • Won GOLD and shattered world record in 400m IM to kick off first day of swimming at 2016 Rio Games

    • Won GOLD in 100m backstroke on Day 3 of Rio Games, coming from behind over final 50 meters

    • Won GOLD in 200m IM on Day 4 of Rio Games, posting an Olympic record

    • Swam on Hungary's 4x200m free relay which finished sixth

    • Won SILVER in 200m backstroke on Day 7 of Rio Games, missing gold by .06

  • Appeared in her third Olympics in 2012 (London), finishing fourth in the 400m IM, eighth in the 200m IM and ninth in the 200m fly

  • Swam in her second Olympic games in 2008 (Beijing), finishing 12th in the 400m IM and 17th in the 200m IM

  • Made her first Olympic team in 2004 (Athens), finishing 31st in the 200m free

  • Most decorated female swimmer in European Aquatics Championships history with 23 medals

  • Nine individual world titles

  • Current world record holder in the 100m IM, 200m IM (long course and short course), 400m IM and 200m

  • Holds two-thirds of the Hungarian national swimming records

  • Named FINA Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018

  • Competed for the Hosszu-owned professional swim team, Team Iron during the 2019 and 2020 ISL Seasons

  • Swammy Awards - 2019 European Female Swimmer of the Year


  • Five-time NCAA champion at USC (200y IM, 400y IM and 200y fly in 2011 and 400y IM and 200y fly in 2012) and winner of 2011 Honda Award (for nation's top collegiate female swimmer)

  • 20-time All-American

  • USC record holder in the 200y IM (1:51.80), 400y IM (3:56.54), 100 lcm free (55.58), 200scm fly (2:04.56), 200scm IM (2:06.88)

  • Four-time Pac-10 Champion


  • Father Istvan and older brothers Gergely and Adam all played professional basketball

  • Nicknamed the “Iron Lady” after Chinese newspapers used the term to describe Hosszu as she never seemed to get tired despite swimming in so many events, including the 200m fly in which she beat Chinese Olympic champion Jiao Liyang in 2012

  • Wrote a two-part book series inspired by her difficult comeback from the London 2012 Olympics

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