Rick DeMont

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Rick DeMont
Personal information
Full name Richard James DeMont
Nickname(s) "Rick"
Nationality  United States
Born (1956-04-21) April 21, 1956 (age 58)
San Francisco, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 152 lb (69 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Marin Aquatic Club

Richard James DeMont (born April 21, 1956) is an American former swimmer who set a record for the 1,500-meter freestyle. A graduate in 1973 of Terra Linda High School, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team and competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany where he won a gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle. At 1973 World Aquatics Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, DeMont became the first man to swim the 400-meter freestyle in under four minutes (3:58.18).

The International Olympic Committee stripped DeMont of his gold medal[1] after he tested positive for a banned substance contained in his asthma medication. The positive test following the 400 also deprived DeMont of a chance at multiple medals, as he was not permitted to swim in any other events at the Games, including the 1500-meter freestyle for which he was the then-current world record holder.

In 2001 the US Olympic Committee admitted that it had mishandled DeMont's medical information at the 1972 Olympics and appealed to the IOC to reinstate the medal. The IOC have not officially changed the results or overturned his ban.[2]

As of 2009, DeMont is an associate head coach at the University of Arizona. He was an assistant coach for the South African men's swim team at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece and the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.

On February 4 2014, after being a member of the coaching staff for 25 seasons, and briefly serving as interim head coach since the prior head coach's resignation on January 21, 2014, DeMont was officially named head coach of the University of Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

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  1. ^ Amdur, Neil (September 4, 1972). "Of Gold and Drugs". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (January 30, 2001). "Better late than never". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 

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Preceded by
John Kinsella
Men's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder

August 6, 1972 – September 4, 1972
Succeeded by
Mike Burton