Jack Medica

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Jack Medica
Personal information
Full name Jack Chapman Medica
Nationality  United States
Born (1914-10-15)October 15, 1914
Seattle, Washington
Died April 15, 1985(1985-04-15) (aged 70)
Carson City, Nevada
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Washington Athletic Club
College team University of Washington

Jack Chapman Medica (October 5, 1914 – April 15, 1985) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events.

At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Medica won a gold medal in the men's 400-meter freestyle in a new Olympic record time of 4:44.5.[1][2] He received a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, recording a final time of 19:34.0.[1][3] Medica also received a second silver medal as a member of the runner-up U.S. team in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay, together with American teammates Ralph Flanagan, John Macionis and Paul Wolf.[1][4] The American relay team finished with a time of 9:03.0, behind the winning Japanese team.[1][5]

After his retirement from competition swimming, brought on by World War II, Medica taught water survival for the U.S. Navy after his impaired vision kept him from enlisting. He went on to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also coached the Penn Quakers swimming and diving team.

Medica was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1966.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Jack Medica. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games, Men's 400 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games, Men's 1500 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  6. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jack Medica (USA). Retrieved January 29, 2013.

External links[edit]

  • Jack Medica – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Jack Medica (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame