|Full name||Walter Steven Ris|
January 4, 1924|
|Died||December 25, 1989
Mission Viejo, California
|Club||Chicago Town Club|
|College team||University of Iowa|
Walter Steven Ris (January 4, 1924 – December 25, 1989) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
Ris won two gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. teams in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay and the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay.
Ris was a star swimmer at Crane Technical High in Chicago. He then attended the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Iowa Beta chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and swam for the Iowa Hawkeyes swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1947 to 1949. He was the NCAA national champion in the 100-yard freestyle in 1948 and 1949.
Ris was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966.
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists at a single Games
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)
- List of University of Iowa people
- World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay
- Wally Ris – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- Wally Ris (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
- Walter Ris – Olympic Games results at databaseOlympics.com
- Des Mines Register online: '48 Olympics champ Ris into 'Hall'
- Chicago Tribune: Walter Ris, Swimmer Who Won Olympic Gold (obituary)