Aaron went to his first Olympics at age 16. He set his first world record at age 17 and hasn’t looked back since. His charm and personality shine through in his own playful way making him a darling of the media. Aaron’s laid back attitude out of the pool doesn’t hold true in the pool where he has become the dominant and possibly the most influential back stroker of all time.
Aaron won 3 Gold medals at the Games in Athens, sweeping all of the backstroke events, making him one of the top Olympians to watch in 2004. In 2008, he proved himself yet again at the Beijing Olympics when he won the gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke with a world record of 52.54, setting the world record in that event for the fifth time. Peirsol has been undefeated in a 100 meter backstroke final since the 2002 Spring Nationals. In 2008, Aaron also took home a Gold in the 4x100 medley relay and a Silver in the 200m backstroke. He also captured two gold medals at the 2010 MOO Pan Pacific Championships in the 100m back and 400m medley relay. The sky is the limit, but Aaron hopes to use his success to give back to his community through motivational speaking and youth clinics.
In his spare time, he is earning a degree in Government from the University of Texas and helping protect the world’s oceans as the spokesperson for the clean-ocean advocacy group Oceana with his very own fundraising program called Aaron Peirsol’s Race for the Oceans.