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Tim Shaw

Born: Nov 8, 1957

Birthplace: Long Beach

Nationality: United States

Tim Shaw

Date of Birth : Nov 8, 1957
Birth Place : Long Beach

Timothy Andrew Shaw is a former Olympic medal-winning swimmer and water polo player from the United States. He swam at the 1976 Summer Olympics and played on the USA's team at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He is one of a handful of athletes to win Olympic medals in two different sports. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1974 and 1975 by Swimming World Magazine. In 1974 in space of four days he broke Mark Spitz's 200-meter freestyle world record, Rick Demont's 400-meter freestyle world record and Steve Holland's 1500-meter freestyle world record. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine on August 4, 1975, after receiving the FINA Prize Eminence Award in 1974, representative of the greatest contribution to world aquatics; being named World Swimmer of the Year for two years running, 1974 and 1975; and winning the Sullivan Award in 1975 as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States after having won three gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships. In the 1976 Olympics the following summer, he could manage only a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle; he was completely shut out of his signature event, the 1500-meter freestyle.

Also known as

  • Timothy Andrew Shaw

Awards Won

  • James E. Sullivan Award
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