Name: Johnny Weissmuller
Sport: Swimming
Discipline(s): Swimming, Water Polo
Event(s): 100-meter Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 4x200 Freestyle; Team
DOB: 6/2/1904
Birthplace: Freidorf, Romania
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Lane Technical College Prep High School (Chicago, Ill.)
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1924, 1928); six-time Olympic medalist (5 golds, 1 bronze)
  • Paris 1924, gold (100-meter freestyle, 400 freestyle, 4x200 freestyle), bronze (water polo)
  • Amsterdam 1928, gold (100 freestyle, 4x200 freestyle)
Personal: Son of Petrus Weismuller and Elisabeth Kersch...Had one sibling, Peter, Jr....Immigrated to the United States at 7 months...Learned to swim by age 9 in Lake Michigan...Became a national hero when he and his brother rescued two dozen people from a capsized boat on Lake Michigan...Set 67 world records throughout his swimming career...Starred as Tarzan in nearly 20 Hollywood films...Father to three children: John Scott, Wendy Ann and Heidi Elizabeth.