Meet Sophie Edington, the Australian 50 meter world record holder backstroke swimmer. See photos, video and a biography of Sophie below.
Sophie Edington is the new world record holder for the 50m backstroke, having broken the record Sunday at the Australian Olympic trials. The previous record was set just 24 hours before, by 15-year-old Emily Seebohm on Saturday. Sophie is excited to have made the Australian Olympic swim team, and does not feel that pollution or humidity will be a factor at the Beijing Olympics this summer.
As a biography, Sophie Edington was born on December 12, 1984 in Loxton, South Australia and is 23 years old. Her coach is Greg Salter, and she trains at the Kingscliff ASC club.
In 2004 while in Indianapolis, she won three bronze medals – the 100m backstroke, the 4x100m freestyle relay and the 4x100m medley relay.
During the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, she won the gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay and the 4x100m freestyle relay.
In the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, she won gold medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke, as well as the 4x100m medley relay.
She has come under fire in the past for wearing a bikini designed by Brazilian Olympic swimmer Fabiola Molina while competing. Sophie sells the swimwear in her native Australia.
More photos and video of Sophie Edington below.