Steve Genter

Steve Genter

Steve Genter
Genter, Mark Spitz and Werner Lampe
at 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Robert Steven Genter
Nickname(s) "Steve," "Curly"
National team  United States
Born (1951-01-04) January 4, 1951
Artesia, California
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team University of California, Los Angeles

Robert Steven Genter (born January 4, 1951) is an American former competition swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist. He was freestyle specialist who earned a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He also won silver medals in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle events.

In high school, Genter was an All-American in both swimming and water polo. At the 1972 Olympics, he had a collapsed lung several days before the 200-meter freestyle event. Doctors advised him to withdraw; he refused, competed, and won a silver medal. Genter would shave his head before swim meets, for which he was given the nickname "Curly".[1]

See also


  1. ^ Steve Genter.