Christopher Carl Cavanaugh (born July 1, 1962) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic champion. He was a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and was also a member of the U.S. Olympic team when the United States led a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Cavanaugh has volunteered as a celebrity swimmer for various charitable organizations including Swim Across America, a charitable organization that raises money for cancer. He now coaches and swims Masters having held many Masters National record. He also works with USS, and club swimmers at all levels. He resides in San Jose, California.