Uğur Taner

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Uğur Taner
Ugur Taner
Medal record
Men's swimming
Competitor for the  United States
World Championships (LC)
Gold 1994 Rome 4×100 m freestyle
Pan Pacific Championships
Gold 1993 Kobe 4x200 m freestyle
Gold 1997 Fukuoka 200 m butterfly
Gold 1997 Fukuoka 4x200 m freestyle
Silver 1999 Sydney 4x200 m freestyle
Bronze 1993 Kobe 200 m freestyle
Bronze 1999 Sydney 200 m butterfly

Uğur Taner was born on June 20, 1974 in Istanbul, Turkey (to Erol and Gulcin Taner) and moved to the United States one year later. He attended high school at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington, where he excelled in swimming. The summer after his senior year, he swam for Turkey in the 1992 Summer Olympics. He swam for University of California, Berkeley and was on the US national team from 1993 to 2000, winning nine national individual titles as well as 1994 world champion in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

In 2000, Taner married another internationally recognized swimmer, Liesl Kolbisen, and began to work at her family’s swim school, La Petite Baleen. A son, Brooks, was born in 2001; daughter Channing followed in 2003; and son Vaughn in 2006.

Since January 2006, Taner has been playing guitar with the Matt Nightingale Band.