Duncan Goodhew

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Duncan Goodhew
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1957-05-27) 27 May 1957 (age 57)
Marylebone
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke

Duncan Alexander Goodhew MBE (born 27 May 1957) is a British swimming athlete. After swimming competitively in America as a collegian at North Carolina State University, he was an Olympic swimmer for Great Britain and won Olympic gold and bronze medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Biography[edit]

Goodhew attended Windlesham House School and Millfield School (Walton House). He was the England swimming team captain, and Olympic champion. His bald head made him instantly recognisable. He was a member of the British bobsleigh team at the 1981 European Championships (cf. We Are the Champions, 1984 Grand Final). (He now works part-time at Millfield School).

Goodhew made a guest appearance twice on The Sooty Show. Firstly in 1984, in the episode, All Blocked Up and a second appearance in 1991 in the episode 'Hair Today'.

He is also an author and motivational speaker. He was appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to sport.

Goodhew's 100 m breaststroke gold medal achievement was ranked 99th in the British network Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sporting Moments in 2002.

He has made a number of television appearances including Dave Gorman's Important Astrology Experiment.

After the London protests during the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay, Goodhew stated that the protests were "a bad example for children".[1]

On 29 September 2001, Goodhew participated in an international relay off the coast of California from Santa Catalina Island to Santa Monica.[2] Of the eight international relay teams participating, each team had one swimmer with MS. Goodhew swam on the same team as organizer and MS activist Taylor MH.[3] Proceeds from fund-raising were all donated the Myelin Project.[4]

Cultural references[edit]

He is mentioned in the BBC TV series The Office during a motivational speech by David Brent (Ricky Gervais), by The Toy Dolls in a song called Yul Brynner Was A Skinhead, in an episode of Little Britain in which a bald character is likened to the swimmer and in The Mighty Boosh, when a peacock crashes into his back in a speech made by Nabo and also in the Welsh psychedelic rock group, Sen Segur's song "Taith Duncan Goodhew" from their first EP, 'Pen Rhydd'.. He is also sardonically mentioned in the Only Fools and Horses episode "The Longest Night" by Tom Clark, the head security officer of the fictional Top Buyer Superstores. He is mentioned in the song 'Shaven Haven' by Kunt and The Gang and was also featured in The Macc Lads song "Al O'Peesha".

He appears in several episodes of Dave Gorman's Important Astrology Experiment, after Dave was instructed to befriend somebody with his initials, but whose life was very different. Together, they're seen playing hide and seek, frisbee, cycling and swimming.

In the BBC Radio 4 spoof news programme On The Hour, the sports desk presenter Alan Partridge often alludes to a fictional incident where Goodhew's hair 'tragically' grows back, thus robbing him of his celebrity status as a 'cheery bald swimming star'. Duncan was a guest on Radio 4 Extra's News Quiz Extra

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Telegaph.co.uk Olympic torch relay nearly abandoned - 7 April 2008
  2. ^ "Home". DomainofOpportunity.com. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Swimming to Santa Monica". Independent. 18 October 2001. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  4. ^ Eldred, Georgia. "Mike Does His Charity Swim, With Dolphins...And a Shark". South London Press. Retrieved 2011-05-26.