Mike Troy

Mike Troy

Mike Troy
Personal information
Full name Michael Francis Troy
Nickname(s) "Mike"
Nationality United States
Born (1940-10-03) October 3, 1940
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
Club Indianapolis Athletic Club
College team Indiana University

Michael Francis Troy (born October 3, 1940) is an American former competition swimmer, a two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.

The peak of Troy's swimming career occurred between 1959 and 1960 while he was coached by Doc Counsilman of the Indiana Hoosiers swimming and diving team at Indiana University. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, he won his first gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Individually, he won a second gold with his first-place finish in the men's 200-meter butterfly—his signature event.

Troy broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly six consecutive times before it was taken over by fellow American swimmer Carl Robie in 1961.

After college, Troy became a U.S. naval officer and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs (BUD/S) training. He was later nominated for the Silver Star award for his combat service during the Vietnam War.[1]

Currently, Troy is co-owner of the Gold Medal Swim School in Chandler, Arizona with two time Olympic Coach Mike Walker. Troy was married August 17, 2012 to Suzanne Benedict.

See also


  1. ^ http://www.troyhistory.com/michael-troy-swimmer.htm

External links

  • Mike Troy – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Mike Troy (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Gold Medal Swim School (Archived May 6, 2006 at the Wayback Machine)
  • "Glory Of Old IU / 100 years of Indiana Athletics" by Bob Hammel and Kit Klingelhoffer

Preceded by
Men's 200-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

July 11, 1959 – August 19, 1961
Succeeded by
Carl Robie