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Gary Hall Jr


  • Swimmer in 2008 as Unattached but established his own swim club.
  • in 2008 = 33 DOB: Sep 26, 1974
  • 6' 6" (198.1 cm)
  • Hometown = Miami Beach, Fla.
  • in 2008 resides in Miami Beach, Fla.
  • former resident of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Coach = Mike Bottom
  • Dad = Gary Hall Sr. at the Race Club
  • Wikipedia:Gary Hall Jr.
  • USA Swimming's media guide provided some source materials.

In three Olympics, Gary Hall Jr. totaled two golds, two silvers and one bronze in individual competition. He also captured three golds, a silver and a bronze as part of relay teams. He finished fourth in his final race, the 50-meter freestyle at the 2008 trials. He walked away a contented man even though he didn't make the Olympic team.

"It made it a lot easier knowing there wasn't anything left in the sport to accomplish," he said. "I don't have any regrets. That doesn't mean I don't miss it."

Career Highlights:[]

At age 29, became the oldest male in 80 years to win gold for the U.S. when he defended his title in the 50m free at the 2004 Olympics ... 10-time U.S. Olympic medalist (5g, 3s, 2b) .... he has won the 50m free at three consecutive Olympic Trials ('96, '00, '04)


2004: Gold, 50m FR; Bronze, 400m FR-R (pr) ... 2000: Gold, 50m FR; Bronze, 100m Free; Gold, 400m MR-R; Silver, 400m FR-R ... 1996: Gold, 400m MR-R; Gold 400m FR-R; Silver, 100m Free & 50m Free

Pan Pacs:[]

2003: Bronze, 50m FR ... 1998: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MR-R ... 1995: Gold, 50m Free, 100m Free, 400m FR-R, 400m MR-R

Pan Am Games[]

2007: Silver, 400m FR-R(pr); 5, 50m FR ... 1995: Gold, 400m FR-R; 5th, 100m free

2007 World Rankings:[]

31st, 50m free

2006 World Rankings:[]

22nd, 50m free; 71st, 100m free


Holds (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States / American Record) in 50m FR, set at 2000 US Olympic Trials ... Holds USO in 50m FR, set at 2000 US Olympic Trials

United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States Swim Titles[]

50m Free (4): ’01 SUM, '00 SUM (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States / American Record), '99 SUM, '98 SPG 100m Free (2): '98 SPG, '94 SUM


General Accolades: 2004 USA Swimming Athlete Humanitarian ... shared in 1995 USA Swimming Performance of the Year honors (400m FR, WR) International: Anchored the American record-setting 400m free-relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics National Teams: Nine-time National A Team (1994-01, 04) … two-time National B Team (200203) All-Star Team: Six-time (1994, 96, 98-00, 04)


High School: Brophy College Prep '95 College: University of Texas / Arizona State

Family, Village, Community[]

Parents: Mary and Gary Sr. ... Gary Sr. was a three-time USA Olympian 1968, 72, 76 and the USA flag bearer in 1976 ... Gary Jr. and his father are the only father/son duo to compete in three Olympics ... Mary is a homemaker Spouse: Married wife Elizabeth in 2001 ... they have one daughter, Gigi, and one son, Charles Notable Relative(s): Uncle (Charles Keating III) was a member of the Olympic swim team in 1976 as a breaststroker ... grandfather (Charles Keating, Jr.) was an All-American and national champion swimmer in the 1940s Started Swimming: At a very young age, but didn’t get serious with it until he was 16 ... as his dad started to build the Phoenix Swim Club, he decided to join it Sports Played Before Swimming: Basketball Pet(s): Tiki and Farnsworth Charities: Gary Hall Jr. Foundation ... is a national spokesperson for The American Diabetes Association Sponsor(s): BD, Everlast, Speedo

Training Notes[]


Swims 1,500 meters/yards per day, 4-6 hours a day, 6 days a week


  • Diagnosed with diabetes in March of 1999; is a Type I (insulin dependent) diabetes



Limitations Are Optional, Gary Hall Jr. and his Story Behind the Shirt

Ambitions, Dreams, Aspirations[]

  • Article in June, 2012, /news
  • dream job other than pro swimmer is to be a spaceman.
  • Established The Race Club in September 2003 ... its mission: "to promote the sport of

swimming and improve swimmers performances and self esteem through education, services, and the creation of popular race events"


  • Three-time Olympian (2004, 2000, 1996)

Ten Olympic medals (5g, 3s, 2b)

International Medals[]

2004 Olympic Games 2004: Gold, 50m FR 2003 Pan American Games 2003: Bronze, 50m FR 2000 Olympic Games 2000: Gold, 50m FR; Bronze, 100m FR 1996 Olympic Games 1996: Gold, 400m MED-R; Gold, 400m FR-R

Top Times[]

Event 50m FR 100m FR Best 21.76 48.73 Year Aug 00 Aug 00

2008 Swimvitational - 2 Final, 50m FR 08 OSU GP - t3 Final, 50m FR 2007 PAN AMS - t5 Final, 50m FR 07 ULTRA GP - 3 Final, 50m FR 2006 SUM NATS - t4 Final, 50m FR


OLY - 1 Final, 50m FR OLY TRIALS - 2 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 50m FR; 3 Final, 100m FR; 3 Final, 100m FR SPG NATS - 2 Final, 50m FR; 10 Final, 100m FR 2003 PAN AM - 3 Final, 50m FR 2002 SUM NATS - 3 Final, 50m FR 2000 OLY - t1 Final, 50m FR; 3 Final, 100m FR 1996 Oly - 1 Final, 400m FR-R; 1 Final, 400m MED-R