Name: John Morgan
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 medley, 400 medley
Birthplace: San Gabriel, Calif.
Hometown: San Gabriel, Calif.
College: University of California - Irvine; University of California, Berkeley
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (1984, 1992); 15-time Paralympic medalist (13 golds, 2 silvers)
  • New York 1984, gold (100-meter freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley, 400 medley)
  • Barcelona 1992, gold (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 medley, 400 medley), silver (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke)
Personal: Was taught to swim in the ocean at Huntington Beach by his parents...Went to the beach almost daily as a child and worked as a junior lifeguard...Was working out with stretching bands that broke and harmed his retinas due to the metal springs hitting him in the eyes...Lived in Argentina between the ages of 13 and 20...Has hiked the Appalachian Trail and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro...Worked as a mathematician at the Army Research Laboratory at the Adelphi Laboratory Center near Washington D.C.