Margaret Hoelzer is living proof of her belief that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible.
Overcoming a childhood of sexual abuse, Hoelzer has risen to the top in her sport and continues to excel both in the swimming and non-swimming world. In 2003, she was the top ranked American in the 200m and after earning silver in the 200m backstroke at the 2005 Championships, Hoelzer broke through for her first gold in the event at the 2007 world championships where she dropped nearly two seconds off her best time. In 2008, Margaret swam for the US Olympic team in three events, taking the bronze in the 100m back, and two silvers in the 200m back and 4×100 medley relay. She was the bronze medalist in the 100m and 200m backstroke at the 2009 National Championships.
When she’s not swimming, Margaret enjoys sharing her Olympic spirit and experience with young swimmers and Olympic Hopefuls all around the country by teaching youth swim clinics and speaking to local communities. After earning her degree in psychology with a minor in criminology, Margaret is pursuing a graduate degree in sociology at Auburn planning to become a psychologist and help children who have been abused, or study the criminals who abuse them. She also hopes to start her own foundation for sexual abuse and is working to raise awareness of this cause.
Two-time Olympian (2004, 2008)
Three medals (2s, 1b - 2008 Beijing Olympics)
World Champion & Record Holder (2007)
National Children’s Advocacy Center – National Spokesperson
USA Swimming – Safe Sport Representative
USOC – Safe Sport Representative
MARGARET’S SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT TOPICS INCLUDE:
Sexual Abuse – Don’t be Afraid to Tell
Control the Controlables