William Yorzyk

William Yorzyk

William Yorzyk
Personal information
Full name William Albert Yorzyk, Jr.
Nickname(s) "Bill"
Nationality  United States
Born (1933-05-29) May 29, 1933 (age 81)
Northampton, Massachusetts
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
Club New Haven Swim Club
College team Springfield College
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William Albert Yorzyk, Jr. (born May 29, 1933) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Yorzyk represented the United States at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.[1] He was the first swimmer to win the gold medal in the new men's 200-meter butterfly event, finishing with a time of 2:19.3 in the final.[1][2]

Yorzyk continued to swim competitively while he attended medical school at the University of Toronto. He won the U.S. AAU indoor championship in the 220-yard butterfly in 1958. He was awarded the university's Bickle Prize as its outstanding student-athlete in 1958 and 1959.[3]

Yorzyk was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1971.[3]

See also


External links

  • Bill Yorzyk – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • William Yorzyk (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

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