Name: John Naber
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle, 4x200 freestyle, 4x100 medley
DOB: 1/20/1956
Birthplace: Evanston, Ill.
Hometown: Woodside, Calif.
High School: Woodside High School (Woodside, Calif.)
College: University of Southern California
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1976); five-time Olympic medalist (4 golds, 1 silver)
  • Montreal 1976, gold (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 4x200-meter freestyle, 4x100 medley), silver (200 freestyle)
Personal: Lived in Italy and England from 4 to 11 years old...Was initially encouraged to play basketball because of his height...Only began swimming as a high school freshman...Earned a degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and went to work for Walt Disney prior to competing at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976...Was the first American swimmer awarded the Trophy of the International Committee for Fair Play in 1977...Has worked for all major networks as a broadcaster and analyst after his retirement from swimming...Was a member of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games Organizing Committee...Author of three books...Married to wife, Carolyn...Father to one daughter, Christina.