Charles Daniels (swimmer)

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Charles Daniels
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Personal information
Full name Charles Meldrum Daniels
Nickname(s) "Charlie"
National team  United States
Born (1885-03-24)March 24, 1885
Dayton, Ohio
Died August 9, 1973(1973-08-09) (aged 88)
Carmel Valley Village, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club New York Athletic Club

Charles Meldrum Daniels (March 24, 1885 – August 9, 1973) was an American competition swimmer, eight-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Daniels was an innovator of the front crawl swimming style, inventing the "American crawl".[1]

Daniels began his swimming career with the New York Athletic Club in 1903. At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis< Missouri, Daniels became the first American to win an Olympic medal, winning gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter freestyle races.[1]

Daniels was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1965.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Colwin, Cecil (February 2002). Breakthrough Swimming. Human Kinetics. p. 18. ISBN 0-7360-3777-2. 
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Charles Daniels (USA). Retrieved March 15, 2015.

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