John Naber’s biography

John Naber (born January 20, 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, United States).


A psychologist and former American Olympic swimmer, who went down in history in 1976, during the Montreal Olympics, when he won four gold medals, breaking four world records during those competitions. He also won a Silver medal at those Olympics. He is considered one of the best swimming athletes in that American country.

Early Life

Jhon Naber was born on January 20, 1956, in Evanston, Illinois, United States, where he was also raised.

Upon graduating from high school, he moved to California, where he entered the University of the South, in order to study Psychology, eventually earning his degree in 1977. During his time at this institution, he excelled in his performance as a swimswimr, managing to be crowned winner in fifteen collegiate championships.

At that time he manifested himself to perform mostly in the back style. He also helped lead the USC Trojans Swimming Team, leading his selection to four consecutive victories.

1976 Olympics

In 1975 he participated in the Pan American Games, where he won three gold medals. A year later, he attended the Olympic Games, developed in Montreal, where his participation would make him go through history.

His first gold medal won in a competition, where he became the first swimman in the world to surpass the record of two minutes in 200 meters back style, thus setting a new world record, achieving the mark of 1: 59: 19 hundredths, which no one could overcome in the next seven years.

His second gold medal, during the Olympics also meant the setting of a new record, when he became the first swimder to reach 100 meters back in 55, 49 seconds, a mark that also remained second to none for seven full years.

In his third competition, he won a Silver medal in 200 meters freestyle, coming behind winner Bruce Furniss. However, he took second place, also setting a new speed record for that category. Likewise, in the 4–100 relay event, he won another gold medal, along with swimmers Hencken, Vogel and Montgomery, who made up the American team.

On this occasion they also managed to break a new mark by imposing the record of 3:42:22 hundredths. Together with the same team, he won his fourth gold medal by winning the 4X200 freestyle relays and imposing the new mark of 7:23:22 hundredths.

Professional life

His excellent performance during these competitions earned him the James E. Sullivan Award, which was awarded to him in the category of Best Amateur Athlete of that year. Two years after the Olympics, in 1977, he retired from his sporting career, from that moment he devoted himself to being an announcer and sports commentator, giving motivational lectures, presenting events. He also opened his own sports promotion company.

In 1984 he was inthe Hall of Fame for the United States Olympic Committee. That same year he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games, intended for holding in the city of Los Angeles, California.

During the inauguration, he was the bearer of the Olympic flame. During his career, he also served as an advisor to the Women’s Sports Foundation and honorary coach of the International Special Olympics.

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John Naber’s biography
Source: Education  
August 6, 2019


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