Piper speaking to U.S. troops in 2010
|Full name||Carly Piper|
|National team||United States|
September 23, 1983 |
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||179 lb (81 kg)|
|College team||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
Carly Piper (born September 23, 1983), also known by her married name Carly Ryan, is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. As part of the American team, she helped set a new world record in the women's 4×200-meter freestyle relay (long course).
Piper was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1983, the daughter of Kenneth and Carol Ann Piper. Her father works for General Dynamics, a defense contractor, and her mother is an aerobics instructor. Piper has one older sister, Cortney, who is also a swimmer and swam for the University of Tennessee. Piper is a 2001 graduate of Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Piper attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated in 2006, majoring in zoology. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she had a highly successful career on the women's swimming team and served as the team's captain. She twice won Big Ten Conference swimmer of the year honors and was an 18-time All-American. While still in school, and after she had exhausted her athletic eligibility, she served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Wisconsin Badgers swimming teams. Piper married swim coach Shane Ryan on May 16, 2014.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Piper won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Natalie Coughlin, Kaitlin Sandeno, and Dana Vollmer that set the world record in the event. On December 20, 2004 it was declared "Carly Piper Day" in Piper's hometown of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan for her accomplishments in Athens.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- Pan American Games records in swimming
- World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay
- Carly Piper biography at USA Swimming
- Carly Piper at Sports Reference
- Carly Piper biography at University of Wisconsin–Madison
- by Carly PiperMy Journey to the Olympics…and Back