Born in Poland Klim emigrated in 1981 with his parents, first to Germany. After working in India and Canada, the family has lived since 1991 in Australia near Canberra. The beginnings of swimming as athletes already started in Hamburg. One of the world's best butterfly and freestyle swimmer he increased during the late 1990s in Australia. Meanwhile, he had become an Australian citizen and participated in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in part. However, only one medal was the bronze medal with the Australian medley relay.
His breakthrough he experienced at the World Swimming Championships in 1998 in Perth, Australia. Its yield: four gold medals in a total of seven medals. After these successes Klim first came back to his native Poland and was even received by Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski. He identified himself as a Pole continues with Australian passport and the people of Poland thought it was a Polish swimmer and celebrated his success at Championships as well as the other Polish athletes.
At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he was on the Delphi routes one of the big favorites. About 100 m Butterfly, he held the world record, but was beaten completely by surprise by the Swede Lars Frölander. After he had renounced the 200 m freestyle distance, was for him a medal in the 100 m freestyle a commitment. But here he was only fourth and came away empty. However, the game remained in their own country but still in good memory by two gold medals with the freestyle relays. As a start float the 4 x 100 m relay, he set a new world record over this distance in 0:48,18 minutes.
Michael Klim competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens in the Australian freestyle relays and won 4 x 200m freestyle silver medal.
After much pointed to an early end to his sports career. Klim finished a business degree and founded in Australia swimming schools under the name: Klim Swim. In Melbourne there are already five of these schools. In June 2007, he officially announced the end of his swimming career known.
Klim is married and has a daughter and a son.
1973: Bruce Robertson | 1975: Greg Jagenburg | 1978: Joe Bottom | 1982: Matt Gribble | 1986: Pablo Morales | 1991: Anthony Nesty | 1994: Rafał Szukała | 1998: Michael Klim | 2001: Lars Frölander | 2003: Ian Crocker | 2005: Ian Crocker | 2007: Michael Phelps | 2009: Michael Phelps | 2011: Michael Phelps | 2013: Chad le Clos
1973: James Montgomery | 1975: Tim Shaw | 1978: Bill Forrester | 1982: Michael Gross | 1986: Michael Gross | 1991 Giorgio Lamberti | 1994: Antti Kasvio | 1998: Michael Klim | 2001: Ian Thorpe | 2003: Ian Thorpe | 2005: Michael Phelps | 2007: Michael Phelps | 2009: Paul Biedermann | 2011: Ryan Lochte | 2013: Yannick Agnel
- Swimmer (Australia)
- Olympic gold medalist ( swimming)
- World Champion ( swimming)
- Born in 1977