Erik Vendt

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Erik Vendt
Personal information
Full name Erik K. Vendt
Nationality  United States
Born (1981-01-09) January 9, 1981 (age 33)
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle, individual medley
Club Ocean State Squids
Club Wolverine
College team University of Southern California

Erik K. Vendt (born January 9, 1981) is an American former competition swimmer. He won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2001 he won the silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2001 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Named 2002 NCAA Swimmer of the Year after winning the 1,650-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, and placing second in the 500-yard freestyle. Vendt broke the 16-year-old American record in 1,500-meter freestyle, becoming the first American to break 15 minutes with a time of 14:59.11 at 2000 Olympic Trials.

Erik Vendt attended Boston College High School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. While in high school, Vendt swam for the Ocean State Squids club team under head coach Joshua Stern. While swimming for the Boston College high school swim team, Vendt was able to set a state record as a senior in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:24.35 (1999), which is still the record today. Vendt then attended the University of Southern California and was a five-time NCAA title winner, 13-time All-American and seven-time Pac-10 title winner as a Trojan.

After the 2004 Olympics, Vendt retired for almost a year before returning to competition. Vendt returned to train at Club Wolverine under Bob Bowman, alongside Klete Keller, Michael Phelps, and Peter Vanderkaay.

In 2001 Erik won silver in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2001 World Aquatics Championship in Fukuoka, Japan.

Most recently, Erik broke the American record in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 8:36.49 on January 18, 2008, at the Southern California Grand Prix meet.

On February 18, 2008, Erik Vendt posted a 1,500-meter freestyle time of 14:47.59 while at the Missouri Grand Prix. In the process he set a U.S. Open record, set previously by Grant Hackett in 2003.

On May 15, 2008 in California, Vendt posted a 14:46.78, then 2008's fastest in the 1,500-meter, thereby appearing to set up a likely duel in the Beijing Olympics 1,500-meter final with Grant Hackett, who posted a 14:48.65 at the Australian Olympic Trials in March and is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the event. But it was not to be, as Vendt finished fourth in the 1,500-meter final of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha on July 6.

Vendt won a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing by swimming in the heats of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

On September 2, 2008 Vendt participated as a special speaker at Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty Rally for the Republic event in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After the 2008 Olympics concluded, Erik Vendt relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. He works for a successful financial company in San Francisco.

Erik Vendt has recently quit his job in San Francisco and relocated to Singapore in October 2010.

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