The most complicated and beautiful stroke in swimming, backstroke is similar to freestyle but swum facing the sky, as opposed to the bottom of the pool like all other strokes. Backstroke is also different from freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly because it is started in the water instead of from a dive. Backstrokers tend to be long and lean, with a strong core and thighs. Some notable backstrokers are Ryan Lochte, Aaron Peirsol, Natalie Coughlin, and Missy Franklin.
"Ryan Lochte just won a gold medal in the 100 meter backstroke!"
"Wow, I wish I was a backstroker!"