Wally Ris

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Wally Ris
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Personal information
Full name Walter Steven Ris
Nickname(s) "Wally"
Nationality  United States
Born (1924-01-04)January 4, 1924
Chicago, Illinois
Died December 25, 1989(1989-12-25) (aged 65)
Mission Viejo, California
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
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.[1]

Ris was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in Mission Viejo, California.[2]

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