The most simple stroke in swimming. Freestyle is the first stroke most people learn when they are being taught how to swim. There are many types of people who do freestyle: the sprinters, who do 50-100 meters; middle distance, who do 200-400 meters, and distance, who do 800-1500 meters. Freestyle is the most popular event in competitive swimming,
"I love the 200 freestyle!"
"Me too! Everyone loves freestyle!"
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!"