JOHN NABERJohn Naber
Board Member

John Naber was appointed to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors and will begin serving as an athlete at-large representative in January 2021. 

Naber is a five-time Olympic medalist and former world-record holder in multiple swimming events. The Evanston, Illinois, native was the most decorated U.S. Olympian at Montreal 1976, winning four gold medals – each in world-record time. He won five total medals at the Games, becoming the first swimmer in history to earn two individual medals on the same day of Olympic competition. Naber was named the 1977 James. E. Sullivan Award winner as the nation’s top amateur athlete. He would later serve as the president of the U.S. Olympic Alumni Association (now USOPA), and president of the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund. Naber was also an Olympic flag bearer and four-time Olympic torchbearer.

Prior to his Olympic career, Naber competed at the University of Southern California, where he led the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA titles (1974-77). Impressively, Naber only began swimming competitively as a freshman in high school.  

After his retirement from swimming, Naber shifted his efforts to broadcasting. He has served as an expert analyst for local, national and international events, and as a reporter and play-by-play announcer on radio and television for over 35 sports at ten Olympic Games. Additionally, Naber was a board member for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and currently serves as chair of “Ready, Set, Gold!,” which places Olympian and Paralympian role models in local public schools to promote healthy living and physical exercise. He also serves on the board of the Los Angeles Sports Council, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, and the Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. He is the volunteer president of both the Koroibos and the Swim with Mike Foundations.