Alain Bernard

Swimming Legend

A Swimming Legend Turned Source of Inspiration



Spoken Languages: French, English


Regarded as one of the most accomplished swimmers of his era, Alain Bernard has left an indelible mark on the history of swimming through his exceptional performances and an unshakeable spirit. A triple Olympic medalist at the Beijing Games in 2008, his achievements extended beyond the international stage as he also dominated European championships and secured world silver twice, affirming his supremacy in the water.


His journey to glory was carved at the Cercle des Nageurs de Marseille, under the guidance of his emblematic coach, Denis Auguin. Together, they pushed the boundaries of swimming, with Bernard setting astonishing world records at the European Championships in Eindhoven in March 2008: 21.50 seconds in the 50m freestyle and 47.50 seconds in the 100m freestyle. He made history by becoming the first swimmer to break the 47-second barrier in the 100m freestyle with a time of 46.94 seconds, although this record was not validated by the international federation. Nonetheless, his European record of 47.12 seconds remains unmatched.

In 2012, at the London Olympics, he added a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay to his collection, further solidifying his legend. His successes are not merely by chance but are the result of unwavering determination and dedication.

Today, Alain Bernard shares his passion and expertise as a coach and sports commentator. He also inspires professionals from all walks of life as a speaker, where he reveals the keys to his success. His exceptional kindness and sincere generosity not only make him one of the most admired athletes in France but also a role model for perseverance and excellence.