Olympic Swimmers of the Past: Where Are They Now?

Life After Olympic Glory

American Swimming Champion Mark Spitz
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What are former Olympic swimmers up to now? There have been many great swimming stars in the Olympics over the years - find out what your favorites have been doing since they achieved Olympic glory. 

  • Mark Spitz: Winner of 7 gold medals in one Olympic games, Mark is a motivational speaker living in Los Angeles. 
  • John Naber: John won 4 Gold Medals at the 1976 games. He now does motivational speaking, authors books, and is a broadcaster for sporting events.
  • Pablo Morales: He won three gold and two silver medals in the 1984 and 1992 Games. Pablo co-founded the swim gear company Finis, and is the Nebraska Husker's head swimming and diving coach.
  • Rowdy Gaines: 100m freestyle and relay Gold Medalist at the 1984 games, missed out on his best years due to the 1980 US boycott. Now he lives in Colorado, is often heard as a TV commentator for swimming events, and is the Executive director of Rowdy's kids with The Limu Company. 
  • Brian Goodell: 400m and 1500m freestyle Gold Medalist at the 1976 Olympics. Brian is a motivational speaker and lives in California. 
  • Adolph Kiefer: Gold medal backstroke swimmer at the Berlin games of 1934, Kiefer later founded a swimming supply business in Zion, IL and still swims every day.
  • Jim Montgomery: The first man under 50-seconds in the 100m freestyle, 1976 Gold Medalist. Since 1998, among other swimming-related things, Jim has served as aquatics director and head varsity swim coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas.
  • Don Schollander: He won 4 Gold Medals at the 1964 Olympic Games. He now lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon and manages his real estate development firm.
  • Tim Shaw: Won two medals - one in swimming at the 1976 Olympics and one in water polo at the 1984 games. Tim teaches adapted physical education in California. 
  • Mel Stewart: Gold medal butterflier in the 1992 games, Stewart is now involved in the multimedia industry, from writing screenplays to doing webcasts. He lives in California. 

What are former Olympic swimmers up to now? There have been many great swimming stars in the Olympics over the years - find out what your favorites have been doing since they achieved Olympic glory. Someone missing? Have an Update? Let me know and I will try to track them down.

  • Shirley Babashoff: One of the best US swimmers at the 1976 Olympic Games, deeply hurt by the GDR-doped swimmers, she still won 8 medals over two Olympics. She is a letter carrier for the US Postal Service and lives in California. (USA Swimming)
  • Tracy Caulkins: Probably the best (and certainly the most versatile) swimmer that has ever represented the USA, Tracy is married with three children and lives in Australia. She won three gold medals in 1984. (USA Swimming) (Women's History)
  • Janet Evans: 5-time Olympic Medalist Janet Evans is a motivational speaker, swim clinician, and author. (janetevans.com)
  • Mary T. Meagher: 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1984 games, is married with two chldren, living in Georgia.
  • Jenny Thompson: She won 12 medals, swimming in four Olympic games. Jenny Thompson received a medical degree in 2006 from Columbia University.
  • Dara Torres: 5-time Olympic swimmer, mother, model, TV personality, and motivational speaker. Dara Torres has shown that she is far from your average athlete. Outside of swimming, Dara has made a name for herself as a TV commentator and a print model and was the first athlete to appear in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1994. (dara torres.com )
  • Donna de Varona: Donna is a two-time Gold Medalist, swimming in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics. She became the first female sportscaster in history when she started working for ABC in 1965. She now lives in Connecticut, working as a motivational speaker, an activist for women's equality, is still involved with broadcasting.
  • Debbie Meyer: 3 time Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. Debbie is the owner and operator of the Debbie Meyer Swim Schools in the Sacramento Area. (Debbie Meyer Swim School; USA Swimming)
  • Anita Nall: Nall won three medals at the 1992 Olympics. She is married with two children and lives in Phoenix, AZ. She is a motivational speaker. (Anita Nall Official Website)
  • Summer Sanders: Sanders won three medals in the 1992 Olympics. She now works in broadcasting and is married with two children. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador. (USA Swimming)
  • Amy van Dyken: Van Dyken was a 6-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Amy is an assistant coach at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, AZ. She is married to NFL punter, Tom Rouen and the couple currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and Keystone, Colorado. (amyvandyken.com)
  • Chris von Saltza: Chris von Saltza was picked as the outstanding girl swimmer of the 1960 Rome Olympics for her 3 gold medals and a silver. After the Rome Games she retired and went on to study Asian history at Stanford. She took a leave of absence during 1963-64 to be a coach-consultant in Asia in the American Specialist Program under a state department grant. Von Saltza Olmstead also visited and taught competitive swimming in South Korea, the Philippines, South Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. (Women's Sports Foundation)
  • Pokey Watson: Lillian "Pokey" Watson Richardson, won gold medals in the 1964 and 1968 Olympic games. She and her husband, Allen Richardson, an All-American swimmer at Yale University, moved to Hawaii, where he became the chief of sports medicine at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Richardson died of cancer in 2003. Ms. Richardson still resides in Hawaii. (The Almanac)
  • Sippy Woodhead: One of the most defining moments of her career came when President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. would boycott the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Woodhead was just 16, and had qualified to swim six events. Woodhead lives in Playa del Ray, Calif. She considered a comeback attempt in 1996, but decided against it and started coaching. She quit coaching after a year, sold her first husband's oil business and remarried.(USA Swimming)

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