WELCOMEThis is the official website of US Swimmer and World Record Holder swimmer Margaret Hoelzer.
Margaret is a 2004-2008 Olympian with 3 medals from the 2008 Olympics.
In 2008, Margaret competed at her second Olympic Games where she won 1 bronze medal in the 100 backstroke, a silver in the 200 backstroke as well as a silver medal for being a member of the preliminary team in the 400 medley relay. At the US Trials, she posted her first individual World Record swim in her signature event, the 200m Backstroke. The record was lowered in Beijing. Margaret is still a current World, American, and US Open Record holder.
Margaret attended the Penn State Sexual Abuse Conference. She was a panelist for the Sunday (10-28-12) event, "Moving Forward: A Public Conversation on Surviving Child Sexual Abuse." See some video, from the event here.
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Margaret is currently booking appearances for fundraisers, public service announcements and other awareness events this month. As a survivor of sexual abuse, Margaret went on to become an Olympian, bringing several medals home in the process. Margaret wants to share her story of courage, perseverance, and overcoming the odds with your group. Now booking speaking engagements, breakout sessions, and swim clinics.
Olympic swimmer Margaret Hoelzer reveals she was sexually abused - Margaret shares her story in a September 2008 AP story
Olympian speaks of child sexual abuse - Part of ESPN's celebration of Womens' History Month 2009
Belated crusade - The Bloston Globe feature as part of a series of articles on courage
On November 20, 2008, Margaret received the 'Voice of Courage' award from the Darkness to Light organization. The award is given to those having courage to step forward and share one's story of sexual abuse with the world.