All About Hall of Fame Swimmer, Jenny Thompson!

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Jenny Thompson was the most decorated U.S. Olympian following her swimming career in the 2004 Olympic Games. She has 12 Olympic medals, eight gold, three silver, and one bronze, only throughout three Olympiads.

During the 1990s, Jenny was considered the most dominant American woman in swimming. In 1998, she was named the “Female World Swimmer of the Year.

Also, Thompson is known for longevity in her career. She competed in Olympics as one of the youngest champions to one of the oldest. In the 2000 Athens Olympics, Jenny was the eldest member.

Olympic Swimming Champion Jenny Thompson
Olympic Swimming Champion Jenny Thompson.

After winning four medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Thompson began medical study at Columbia University. 

But in 2004, she took a year off from medical college to compete in Athens Olympic Games and got significant medals in the game.

But, her career has been filled with many dramatic chapters, including medal-winning performances in relay events at three Olympic games but failing to win an individual Olympic gold medal.

This article will discover her early life & education, professional career, age, height, weight, net worth, and more.

Jenny Thompson: Quick Facts

But before that, let’s take a look at the quick facts about Jenny.

Full Name Jennifer Beth Thompson
Common Name Jenny Thompson
Birth Date February 26, 1973
Birth Place Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
High School Unknown
  • Stanford University
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Father’s Name Philip B. Thompson
Mother’s Name Margrid J. Thompson
Siblings Three Older Brothers
Residence Daniel Island
Horoscope Pisces
Age 51 Years Old
Height 5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)
Weight 68 kg
Build Athletic
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Black
  • Former Professional Swimmer
  • Currently working as an anesthesiologist
Strokes Freestyle, Medley, Butterfly
Olympic Debut 1992
Club Seacoast Swimming Association, Stanford Cardinal, Badger Swim Club
Retirement 2004
Medals Eight Gold Olympic Medals
National Team USA
Memorable Title World Swimmer of the Year (1998)
Marital Status Married since 2010
Husband Daniel Richard Cumpeli
Children Two sons
Net Worth $19 Million
Endorsements Speedo, Envion
Social Media None 
Merch Book (Fast Lane to Victory)
Last Update May, 2024

Jenny Thompson: Early Life & Education

Jenny was born in Denver, Massachusetts, on February 26, 1973, to her mother, late Margrid J. Thompson, and father, late Philip B. Thompson.

Her father was from Georgetown, Mass, and her mother was from Dover, N.H. Jenny’s mother was a medical technologist at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.

In her hometown New Hampshire, she started swimming at 7 at Cedarvale’s summer country club in Groveland. From the age of eight to ten, she swam at the Danvers YMNC and from the age of ten to twelve at the Andover-North Andover YMNC.

When Thompson reached 12, she began swimming for Seacoast Swimming Association. Amy and Mike Parratto coached her.

After that, Margrid moved with Jenny and her three older brothers to New Hampshire to train with a national coach who helped her become one of the most excellent swimmers of all time.

Margrid was Jenny’s most prominent advocate who would attend all her competitions. She was a very positive person and supported whatever passion her children had. Unfortunately, Margrid died in 2004 because of cancer.

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Jenny Thompson got a scholarship to Stanford University in 1991. Along with her swimming activities, she also earned a human biology degree from the university.

Thompson is an all-rounder talented student and enrolled in medical college at Columbia University in 2001. The 5 ft 10 in swimmer began combining the rigors of medical school with training and competing.

In 2006, she graduated from medical college with a degree as an anesthesiologist.

What’s the Age, Height & Weight of Jenny Thompson?

Jenny is currently 51 years old. She celebrates her birthday every year on February 26th. According to astrology, she is one of all the  Pisces.

Jenny Thompson (Source: IMDb)
Jenny Thompson (Source: IMDb)

Thompson stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs around 68 kg.

Thompson has an athletic build, and even at the age of 51, she looks perfectly fit. She is aging gracefully, and the charm of those beautiful blue eyes and dark brown hair is still the same.

Jenny Thompson: Professional Career

In 1987, at the age of 14, Thompson became the youngest U.S. gold medal swimmer at the Pan American Games for 50-meter freestyle.

Then, Jenny quickly earned a reputation for being fast and robust. During the early 1990s, she broke a world record for the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 54.48.

Furthermore, in 1993, Jenny earned a record six gold medals at Pan-Pacific Championships. Despite her broken ankle in 1994, she competed at the World Championships and won two silver medals and one bronze on the U.S. relay team.

Swimmer of the Year Thompson in action
Swimmer of the Year Thompson in action

In 1999, Thompson broke one of swimming’s most revered records; A record set by Mary T. Meagher’s 18-year-old record in the 100m butterfly. 

Despite taking a year off from swimming, Jenny soon proved her skills by winning the women’s 50-meter freestyle at Pan Pacifics in 2002. She was 29 years old at that time.

College Career

She then swam at Stanford University for Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). During her University days, she swam in the Pacific-10 Conference competition also.

She made amassing 23 national titles and 26 NCAA titles as a Stanford University swim team member.

When Jenny accepted a scholarship at Stanford University (from 1992 to 1995), she wanted the experience to be about more than swimming and earned a degree in human biology.

Olympic Games

At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Jenny took gold medals in the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 400-meter medley relay.

During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Jenny didn’t qualify for individual events at the USA Olympic trials but was selected for relay events.

She participated in the freestyle 400-meter relay and 200-meter relay. Both teams not only got victory but set new Olympic records.

Her success continued the succeeding year at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Again she set new records and earned gold medals as part of the 100-meter medley, 100-meter freestyle relay, and 800-meter freestyle relay.

Jenny was the oldest member of the 2004 U.S. Swimming and Diving team competing in her fourth Olympics in Athens. A national record of 3:36.39 was made by Thompson and took a silver medal also.

She also won another silver medal as a member of the 100-meter medley relay.

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Career as an Anesthesiologist

The four-time Olympian turned anesthesiologist doesn’t like to show off her 12 Olympic swimming medals to anyone. 

Currently, Jenny works as an anesthesiologist helping patients at Charleston’s V.A. Medical Centre. However, after retirement, she completely turned to her other passion of health care.

From the swimming pool to the operating room, Jenny Thompson posing wearing her white coat
From the swimming pool to the operating room, Jenny Thompson posing wearing her white coat.

She had mentioned that the sensitive nature of helping patients during surgery fit the persona of a swimmer who specialized in shorter races.

Last year, Thompson was also on the front line of the fight against coronavirus as an anesthesiologist at the V.A. Medical Center in Charleston, S.C.

Awards and Achievements

Thompson has mentioned several times that her swimming career was never about the medals. Instead, she liked the challenges of seeing what she could change in the performances.

Her other motivation for winning awards and medals was her love for traveling around the world. And she did compete in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), and Athens (2004).

Jenny made 15 world records and 31 World Championships in her swimming career. 

From 1992 to 2004, Jenny competed on four Olympic teams. She also set 15 world records, most of which were in individual events.

She was the 1993 and 1998 ‘USA Swimming of the Year and ranked as the 62nd most outstanding female athlete of all time in a 1999 poll conducted by Sports Illustrated.

Also, she was named the ‘Female Swimmer of the Year in 1993, 1998, and 1999. In addition, she became the Sports Foundation’s  ‘Athlete of the Year in 2000.

Jenny Thompson: Husband and Children

Jenny married Daniel Richard Cumpelik, an owner of a home products business, in September 2010 at Hammond Castle, Gloucester, Mass.

She was 37 years old during her wedding and had recently completed a residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

In 2018 after serving several years in Maine, she moved to Daniel Island with her husband Daniel Cumpelik, and sons, Benji and Ryder.

Unfortunately, the other details about her personal life are not available to date.

How much does Jenny Thompson make?

While enjoying great success, Jenny earned $1 million during her career. The primary source of her net worth comes from her swimming career.

To this day, she is on the list of the top 10 wealthiest swimmers of all time. In addition to that, a total of 12 medals, eight of which were gold, Thompson has earned $100,000 by winning those gold medals.

For the athletes who bring gold, silver, and bronze home in Olympics, the Olympic Committee provides a certain amount of money to the athlete.

When Jenny peaked in her career, she had endorsement contracts with Speedo and the vitamin company Envion and many other sponsorship deals.

She had done a nationwide ad campaign for Jansport’s waterproof backpacks. She was also on the cover of Vanity Fair for a commemorative Olympic book.

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Social Media Presence

After retirement from swimming, Jenny Thompson started her new phase of life as medical personnel. Currently, she lives an everyday life out of the limelight with her husband and sons.

Thus, she is not present on any social media platforms. 

But in media outlets, her life is heard time to time. Since she was such an iconic swimmer during the 1990s, it’s not possible to forget about her.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the relationship between Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres?

Both Jenny and Dara were considered top swimmers representing the USA in the Olympics during their active swimming careers.

Thus, these two had several intriguing storylines, like one breaking a record made by another and fighting for the first position.

They had competed face to face several times, challenging each other in ways that captivated the swimming fans.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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