Brian Goodell

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Brian Goodell
Goodell in 1978
Personal information
Full nameBrian Stuart Goodell
National teamUnited States
Born (1959-04-02) April 2, 1959 (age 65)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight148 lb (67 kg)
ClubMission Viejo Nadadores
College teamUniversity of California, Los Angeles
CoachMark Schubert, Nadadores
Ron Ballatore, UCLA
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal 400 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal 1500 m freestyle
World Championships (LC)
Silver medal – second place 1975 Cali 1500 m freestyle
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1979 San Juan 400 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1979 San Juan 1500 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1979 San Juan 4x200 m freestyle

Brian Stuart Goodell (born April 2, 1959) is an American politician, former competitive swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. He is a city councilman and former mayor of Mission Viejo, California.


At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, he won gold medals for his first-place finishes in the 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events.[1] He also won gold medals in both events at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a silver medal in 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1975 World Aquatics Championships in Cali, Colombia.

After graduating from Mission Viejo High School, he attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he swam for coach Ron Ballatore's UCLA Bruins swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Pacific-10 Conference competition from 1978 to 1980. During his college swimming career, he won nine NCAA individual championships, including three times in each of the 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, and the 400-yard individual medley.[2]

Goodell held the 400-meter freestyle (long course) world record from June 18, 1976 to April 6, 1979, and the 1,500-meter freestyle (long course) world record from 1976 to 1980.

He was recognized as the Male World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine in 1977. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1986.[3]

Brian and his wife, Vicki Goodell, are currently licensed Realtors in California and have created The Gold Medal Group with Berkshire Hathaway.[4]

In 2016, Goodell was elected to the City Council of his hometown of Mission Viejo, California, and is serving as its mayor for calendar year 2020.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1976 Olympics – Montreal, Canada – Swimming" Archived December 25, 2010, at the Wayback (Retrieved on May 2, 2008)
  2. ^ "Brian Goodell biography – USA Swimming" Archived April 27, 2006, at the Wayback (Retrieved on July 6, 2008)
  3. ^ "Brian Goodell (USA)". International Swimming Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on September 23, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  4. ^ The Gold Medal Group

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Preceded by Men's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 18, 1976 – April 6, 1979
Succeeded by
Preceded by Men's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 21, 1976 – July 22, 1980
Succeeded by
Vladimir Salnikov
Preceded by Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year

Succeeded by