BIO
 

When Derya started swimming at the age of five, probably nobody could have imagined him to make history for his country throughout his career. One can say it was scripted or planned, like a book or even a sports movie. A little boy starts the sport of swimming and is thought that he has no talent nor future in the sport. He becomes discouraged and quits for a short time, only to come back stronger and with determination to succeed.

Derya’s story is a special one, and like many successful athletes is filled with hard work, discipline, and vision. His career started by just to learn how to swim took a different path, in a good way. Throughout his career, he won many international medals and broke many records for his country that nobody could have envisioned.

Six-time Olympian.
1992-Barcelona
1996-Atlanta
2000-Sydney
2004-Athens
2008-Beijing
2012-London

First swimmer ever to accomplish this feat individually.

World Cup Champion, World and European Championships medalist, European record holder, NCAA Champion, Mediterranean Games champion and record holder.


 
CHILDHOOD 
 
Derya's childhood was pretty ordinary, except the part when he started the sport of swimming. When he was at the age of five, he usually went to his grandparents during the summer... more
 
EARLY YEARS 
 
Derya's career started with a bang when he broke many record when he was nine years old. He first joined the Turkish National Team at... more
 
GOING TO USA 
 
He and his family did their best to keep improving but it was getting harder since he was ahead of everyone else in swimming, including... more
 
         
EDUCATION 
 
Derya took his education very seriously. He took the hard way and also excelled in his education. Below are his education highlights... more
 
 
PROFESSIONAL CAREER 
 
Derya's career highlights:
First swimmer ever to make it to 6 Olympic Games individually
World Cup Championships- 3 Gold Medals... more
 
 
TV CAREER 
 
Derya has been very familiar with the spotlight and cameras since very early age, for his continuous success. He has been always on news and tv programs...more
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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