Brian Goodell

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Brian Goodell
Personal information
Full name Brian Stuart Goodell
Nationality  United States
Born (1959-04-02) April 2, 1959 (age 55)
Stockton, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Mission Viejo Nadadores
College team University of California, Los Angeles

Brian Stuart Goodell (born April 2, 1959) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, he won gold medals for his first-place finishes in the 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events.[1] He also won gold medals in both events at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a silver medal in 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1975 World Aquatics Championships in Cali, Colombia.

He attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he swam for coach Ron Ballatore's UCLA Bruins swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1978 to 1980. During his college swimming career, he won nine NCAA individual championships, including three times in each of the 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard individual medley.[2]

Goodell held the 400-meter freestyle (long course) world record from June 18, 1976 to April 6, 1979, and the 1,500-meter freestyle (long course) world record from 1976 to 1980.

He was recognized as the Male World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine in 1977. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1986.[3]

Brian and his wife, Vicki Goodell, are currently licensed Realtors in California and have created The Gold Medal Group with Prudential California Realty.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1976 Olympics – Montreal, Canada – Swimming"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 2, 2008)
  2. ^ "Brian Goodell biography – USA Swimming"USASwimming.org (Retrieved on July 6, 2008)
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Brian Goodell (USA). Retrieved on October 2, 2012.

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Records
Preceded by
United States Tim Shaw
Men's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 18, 1976 – April 6, 1979
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Salnikov
Preceded by
Australia Stephen Holland
Men's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 21, 1976 – July 22, 1980
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Vladimir Salnikov
Preceded by
United States John Naber
World Swimmer of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
United States Jesse Vassallo