Tim Shaw (swimmer)

Tim Shaw (swimmer)

For other people of the same name, see Tim Shaw.
Tim Shaw
Personal information
Full name Timothy Andrew Shaw
Nationality  United States
Born (1957-11-08) November 8, 1957 (age 56)
Long Beach, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, water polo
College team California State University, Long Beach

Timothy Andrew Shaw (born November 8, 1957) 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 Games. 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 m freestyle world record, Rick Demont's 400 m freestyle world record and Steve Holland's 1500 m 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 m freestyle; he was completely shut out of his signature event, the 1500 m freestyle. He could not compete four years later when the US led the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott in Moscow, Russia. Shaw further was a member of the 1984 US water polo team that was undefeated in Olympic competition but was awarded the silver medal because the Yugoslav team, with an identical record, scored four more goals overall.

Between 1974 and 1984, Shaw won 2 Olympic silver medals; 3 World Championships; 7 National U.S. Amateur Athletic Union titles; and 3 U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships.

See also

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Olympics portal
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External links

  • Timothy Shaw – Past award winner profile at Sullivan Memorial Award
  • Tim Shaw – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Tim Shaw (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame