Jim Montgomery (swimmer)

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Jim Montgomery
Personal information
Full name James Paul Montgomery
Nickname(s) "Jim"; "Brat"
Nationality  United States
Born (1955-01-24) January 24, 1955 (age 59)
Madison Wisconsin
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Badger Dolphins Swim Club, Madison, WI
College team Indiana University

James Paul Montgomery (born January 24, 1955) is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1986 as an Honor Swimmer,[1] Montgomery was the first man to break the 50-second barrier (49.99) in the 100-meter freestyle.[2] He broke the record at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, where he won three gold medals and one bronze medal.[3]

Montgomery achieved international attention at the first World Championships in 1973, where he won 5 gold medals in freestyle events. From Yugoslavia, Montgomery went to Indiana University, swam for Doc Counsilman for four years, with the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games taking place between his junior and senior years.[4][5]

He now coaches varsity swimming at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. He also is the owner and founder of the Dallas Aquatic Masters club team and in 2002 was named USMS Coach of the Year.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  • Mastering Swimming / Your guide for fitness, training, and competition, by Jim Montgomery/Mo Chambers, Human Kinetics Publishers, 2008-10-24, ISBN 978-0-7360-7453-7


  1. ^ Montgomery's bio from the International Swimming Hall of Fame; retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. ^ Stories about USMS Swimmers: Jim Montgomery originally published 2000-07-19, updated 2005-05-28, retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ www.sports-reference.com
  4. ^ Indiana Hoosiers
  5. ^ Indiana University Archives
  6. ^ Recipients of the Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year Award from the USMS website (www.usms.org); retrieved 2009-06-23.
  7. ^ Dallas Aquatic Masters from www.clubassistant.com; retrieved 2010-09-28

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Preceded by
Mark Spitz
Men's 100m Freestyle
world record holder (LCM)

June 21, 1975 – August 3, 1975
Succeeded by
Andy Coan
Preceded by
Andy Coan
Men's 100m Freestyle
world record holder (LCM)

August 23, 1975 – August 14, 1976
Succeeded by
Jonty Skinner