Tim McKee

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Tim McKee
Personal information
Full name Alexander Timothy McKee
Nickname(s) "Tim"
Nationality  United States
Born (1953-03-14) March 14, 1953 (age 61)
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, individual medley
Club Suburban Seahawks Swim Club
College team University of Florida

Alexander Timothy McKee (born March 14, 1953) is an American former competition swimmer and three-time Olympic silver medalist.

Early life and education[edit]

McKee was born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.[1] His family moved to Newtown Square so that he and his siblings could walk through a path in their backyard to Suburban Swim Club to practice. He graduated from Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He then attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Bill Harlan's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) competition from 1972 to 1974. As a Gator swimmer, McKee won six NCAA titles and received four All-American honors.

International swimming career[edit]

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, McKee won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley losing by a margin of 0.002 of a second to the gold medal winner, Sweden's Gunnar Larsson—initially, the scoreboard showed he had tied with Larsson who was named the eventual winner[2] (competition swimming is now timed to the hundredth of a second, not the thousandth).[3] He also garnered a second silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley at the 1972 Games.[1]

He also came in second in 400-meter individual medley event at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, behind gold medalist Rod Strachan.[4]

Life after swimming[edit]

McKee was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1987,[5][6] and the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1998.[7] He is a veteran celebrity swimmer for Swim Across America (SAA), a charitable organization that raises funds for cancer research, and has participated in sixteen SAA events.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b databaseOlympics.com, Tim McKee. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  2. ^ Swim Across America, Olympians, Tim McKee. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  3. ^ Jere Longman, "Sydney 2000: Swimming; A Red-White-and-Blue Surprise," The New York Times (September 23, 2000). Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Tim McKee. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  5. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Associated Press, "Gators Honor McKee, Dubose," Ocala Star-Banner (April 3, 1987). Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  7. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Tim McKee (USA). Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  8. ^ Swim Across America, Olympians, Tim McKee. Retrieved July 14, 2010.

External links[edit]

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