Neil Walker (swimmer)

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Neil Walker
Personal information
Full name Neil Scott Walker
Nationality  United States
Born (1976-06-25) June 25, 1976 (age 38)
Verona, Wisconsin
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, butterfly, individual medley
Club Longhorn Aquatics
College team University of Texas

Neil Scott Walker (born June 25, 1976)[5] is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple events. He represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won a silver medal, and at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze.[6][7] He also twice won gold in the medley relay, after swimming in the preliminaries. At the 2000 Short Course Worlds in Athens, Greece, he set short course World Records in the 50 back, 100 back and 100 I.M..

Walker retired from swimming competitively after the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and started a swim school with Olympian and former Longhorn teammate Ian Crocker and U.S. National Champion and former Longhorn teammate James Fike with locations in Austin and Dallas. He is currently the head coach of Rockwall Aquatics Center of Excellence (RACE) in Rockwall, Texas.

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  1. ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  3. ^ "7th FINA World Championships - 25m Indianapolis 2004". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  4. ^ "5th FINA World Swimming Championships". Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  5. ^ Walker's bio from
  6. ^ "ESPN Sydney Swimming". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  7. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 

Preceded by
Matt Welsh
Men's 50-meter backstroke
world record-holder (short course)

November 18, 1999 – January 14, 2000
March 13, 2000 – September 2, 2002
Succeeded by
Matt Welsh
Preceded by
Lenny Krayzelburg
Men's 100-meter backstroke
world record-holder (short course)

March 19, 2000 – December 8, 2002
Succeeded by
Thomas Rupprath
Preceded by
Jani Sievinen
Men's 100-meter individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

March 18, 2000 – December 15, 2001
Succeeded by
Peter Mankoč