Brian Goodell

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Brian Goodell
Personal information
Full nameBrian Stuart Goodell
National teamUnited States
Born (1959-04-02) April 2, 1959 (age 61)
Stockton, California
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight148 lb (67 kg)
ClubMission Viejo Nadadores
College teamUniversity of California, Los Angeles

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 currently the 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. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Brian Goodell (USA). Retrieved on March 17, 2015.
  4. ^ The Gold Medal Group

External links[edit]

  • Brian Goodell at International Olympic CommitteeEdit on Wikidata
  • Brian Goodell at OlympediaEdit on Wikidata
  • Brian Goodell at International Swimming Hall of FameEdit on Wikidata
  • Council Member Brian Goodell - Official City Council Biography from the City of Mission Viejo
  • Brian Goodell for City Council - Official campaign web site
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Brian Goodell". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on March 18, 2009.
  • Brian Goodell (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Portrait of Brian Goodell coming up for air, 1978. Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive (Collection 1429). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

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

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

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

Succeeded by
Jesse Vassallo