Former NCAA champion earns first Olympic medal in her fourth Games.
THIS SEASON: One of America's top sprint freestylers with Olympic and World Championship credentials, 2007 sophomore transfer Amanda Weir provides immediate strength in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well as in all relays.
2006: Weir did not compete collegiately last season, but did swim for the U.S. at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships in Shanghai, China, and at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria, Canada. In China, Weir earned a silver medal as part of the 400m medley relay and a bronze in the 800m free relay. She was seventh in the 100m free, ninth in the 50m free and helped the U.S. to fourth in the 400m free relay ... Before the Pan Pacs, Weir set an American record in route to winning the 100m free (53.58) at the 2006 U.S. Summer Nationals (where she was also fourth in the 200m free and sixth in the 50m free). The win set her up for the Pan Pacs, where she was second in the 100m free (53.92), ninth in the 50m free and helped the U.S. to titles in the 400m free and medley relays, the latter of which set an American record (3:58.38).
GEORGIA: Weir anchored four national championship relays and had two Top 3 NCAA individual finishes as a freshman at Georgia in 2005, helping the Bulldogs to the national team title. Swimming in a maximum seven events, she was second in the 200y free, third in the 50y free and anchored the 200y, 400y and 800y free relays as well as the 400y medley relay. She was also ninth in the 100y free ... At the 2005 SEC Championships, Weir took second in both the 50y and 100y free ... After the 2005 season, she won her first two U.S. titles at the 2005 Summer Nationals, taking the 50m and 100m free ... She then won silver in the 400m medley relay and bronze in the 400m free relay at the 2005 World Championships (lcm). She also placed fourth in the 100m free and 10th in the 50m free ... To qualify for the Worlds, Weir was second in the 50m and 100m free at the U.S. World Championship Trials and she also competed in the U.S.-Australia Duel in the Pool.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-time High School Swimmer of the Year (2001, 2003) in Georgia, Weir prepped at Brookwood High in Snellville, Ga. After graduation, she qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team by taking third in the 100m free and was also seventh in the 50m free. At the 2004 Olympics, Weir won two silver medals as a member of the 400m free and 400m medley relays (she helped set an American record in the former) ... Following the Olympics, Weir competed for the U.S. at the 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships, winning gold in the 400m free relay (American record) and silver in the 400m medley relay ... At the 2003 Pan American Games, her time in the 100m free leading off the gold-medal winning 400y free relay was not only the second-fastest time in the world that year, but was also the fourth-fastest time in history by an American (setting a Pan Am Games record). She also helped the U.S. to a win in the 400m medley relay ... She won the 100m free at the 2002 U.S. Open ... Weir's high school career included leading the Broncos to three consecutive State 5A team titles, setting the high school state record in both the 50 and 100y free and earning All-America distinction in nine events ... She held the National Age Group Record in the 50 free in each age group since the age of 12.
PERSONAL: She was born March 11, 1986.