Robin Backhaus

Robin Backhaus

Robin Backhaus
Personal information
Full name Robin James Backhaus
Nationality United States
Born (1955-02-12) February 12, 1955
Lincoln, Nebraska
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly
Club Riverside Aquatic Association
College team University of Alabama

Robin James Backhaus (born February 12, 1955) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.

Backhaus represented the United States as a 17-year-old at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.[1] He won a bronze medal for his third-place performance in the men's 200-meter butterfly, finishing with a time of 2:03.23 behind Mark Spitz and Gary Hall, and completing an American sweep of the event.[2]

At the 1973 World Aquatics Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he won gold medals for his first-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly, and as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He also received a bronze medal third for finishing in the 100-meter butterfly. He also worked as a coach at Konawaena High School.[3]

Graduated from Redlands High School in Redlands, California

See also


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Robin Backhaus. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  2. ^, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games, Men's 200 metres Butterfly Final. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Hawaii Swim site