Born Feb. 14, 1995 Charlotte Bonnet is a French swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist. Bonnet competed in the 2012 London Olympics, which was her first Olympic Games at just 17 years old – she’s a versatile freestyler, with the ability to swim anything from the 100 to the 400.
Bonnet first made waves at the 2011 European Junior Championships when she led-off the squad that broke the 400m freestyle relay record at just 16 years old. The next year she finished second behind Camille Muffat at the Mare Nostrum series in Monaco.
She trained with Camille Muffat in Nice, who tragically died in a helicopter plane crash in Argentina. Muffat was a 2012 London gold medalist, and was one of the city’s most decorated athletes. Bonnet wore a cap with Muffat’s name at the recent French Championships.
At just 17 years old Bonnet qualified for her first Olympic Games in 2012, when she competed on the 800m freestyle relay in London. The relay team finished third, winning a bronze, and Bonnet picked up her first Olympic medal.
2013 World Championships
She then competed at the 2013 World Championships in Rome, where she had a noteworthy split on the 800m freestyle relay. She swam the second leg of the relay, holding the lead give to her by Muffat, but the relay ended up holding onto the bronze medal.
At the 2014 World Military Swimming Championships – a meet that emphasizes “friendship through sport” – Bonnet destroyed the meet record in the 200m freestyle at 19 years old.
Bonnet qualifies for Kazan 2015
At the French Championships Bonnet channeled her emotions into swimming, and won all five of her entered events. She’s been developing more versatility throughout the years, and proved it by qualifying for Kazan 2015 in the 200m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, and the 200m IM. Bonnet is currently one of the top-10 fastest swimmers in the 200m freestyle in 2015, and has her sights set on Rio 2016.
2016 Rio Olympics
Bonnet finished 8th in the 200M freestyle with a time of 1:56.29. She also swam the 100M Free and made it to the semifinals where she finished 7th in her heat thereby not making the finals. She also swam the 4x200M Free Relay and the 4X100M Medley Relay for France, neither relay making the top 8.