Hodgson in 1912
He was born and died in Montreal.
George Hodgson was born in 1893 in Montreal, Canada. He matriculated at McGill University in 1912, competing in swimming and water polo for the school. While there, he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity, and graduated with a baccalaureate in Applied Science in 1916. He was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1949, the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968, into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, and died in Montreal in 1983.
George Hodgson, Canada's only Olympic gold medal winner in swimming until 1984, did not stay in competition very long, but during the 3 years he swam, he never lost a race, including the two gold medals he won at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, with times of 5:24.4s in the 400 meter and 22:00.0s in the 1500 meter freestyle. He had already set a world record of 22:23.0 in the first round of the race. He was eighteen at the time and retired immediately after one of the great races of all time. His unprecedented success was widely attributed to his innovation of the trudgen stroke, a hybrid between the front crawl and sidestroke.
It was for the 1500 meter Olympic championship and Hodgson broke world and Olympic records for 1000 yards and meters, and 1 mile in addition to the prescribed 1500 meter race distance. His Olympic record at 400 meters stood until 1924 when Johnny Weissmuller broke it at Amsterdam. He was Canada's lone swimmer in 1912.
- 1912 gold (400 m freestyle)
- 1912 gold (1500 m freestyle)
Fastest freestyle mile in the 1911 Festival of Empire Games (now the Commonwealth Games)
- Olympic database - Hodgson's record in the official records
- International Swimming Hall of Fame - George Hodgson 1968 Honor Swimmer entry
-  - Profile of Hodgson on McGill's hall of fame website.
|Men's 1500 metres Freestyle
World Record Holder (Long Course)
July 10, 1912 – July 8, 1923