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Olympian champion and elite swimming coach
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Michael Klim OAM is a Polish-born, Australian swimmer. He was educated at the University High School, Melbourne and Wesley College, Melbourne where he was employed as the College's elite Head Coach of swimming.
A multiple Olympic and World Champion, Michael Klim was part of the star-studded group that took Australia back to the top of world swimming. After retiring in 2007 Michael Klim returned to swimming in 2011 with the 2012 London Olympics in his sights. After swimming impressively to reach the Semi Finals in both the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly at the Australian Championships in March 2012, Michael once again announced his retirement with the intent of focusing on business interests and keynote speaking opportunities.
Named Australian Swimming Rookie of the Year in 1995, Klim won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics. His star continued to rise in 1997 when he took the World Record in the 100-metre butterfly on the way to being named World Swimmer of the Year.
At the 1998 FINA World Championships in Perth, Klim’s record haul of seven medals in seven events including four gold rates as one of the most outstanding performances by an Australian at an international swim meet.
The 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur saw Klim exert his dominance, winning seven medals including four gold again.
Klim was one of the undisputed stars of the Sydney Olympic Games with two gold and two silver. He was instrumental in Australia’s thrilling 4x100m relay victory, unleashing a world record lead off swim to win his first gold on the first night. Klim later helped smash the world record in the 4x200m relay to win his second gold.
Back surgery for a prolapsed disc ruled Klim out of the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Further surgery to his shoulder saw Klim sidelined throughout much of 2003.
In a win for perseverance, Klim returned to the Australian team for the 2004 Athens Games. One of three triple Olympians in the squad, Klim won his sixth medal as part of the 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay.
Klim’s return to the upper echelons of the sport became official at the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, with a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle. He continued his spectacular comeback at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games where he won gold in the men’s 4x100m Medley Relay, silver in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay and 100m Butterfly and bronze in the 50m Butterfly.
Michael Klim has won more than a few gold medals in his time. After hanging up his togs and goggles, Michael created the men’s skincare range Milk by Michael Klim. Personally researched and tested by the man himself, Milk offers a range of products that use all the good stuff, including natural and marine based ingredients where possible.