Jed Graef

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Jed Graef
Jed Graef 1964.jpg
Graef at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameJed Richard Graef
National teamUnited States
Born (1942-05-01) May 1, 1942 (age 77)
Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight201 lb (91 kg)
ClubNorth Jersey Swim Association
College teamPrinceton University

Jed Richard Graef (born May 1, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Graef grew up in Verona, New Jersey and learned the backstroke while competing with the Montclair YMCA swim team.[2] He attended Princeton University, where he was captain of the Princeton Tigers swim team in 1964.[3] Graef won the gold medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[4]

Graef defended a PhD in psychology and is considered as a prominent authority in sports psychology.[1] He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1988.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Jed Graef.
  2. ^ Jonathan Leitch, "No. 13: Jed Graef '64 Archived 2014-12-24 at the Wayback Machine," The Daily Princetonian (November 27, 2006). Retrieved December 23, 2014. "Born and raised in nearby Verona, N.J., Graef spent his childhood summers in the waters of Lake Mohawk and joined the Montclair YMCA swim team at age 10."
  3. ^ Bric-a-Brac (Princeton University). 1964. p. 164.
  4. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Swimming" Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback Machine – Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  5. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jed Graef (USA). Retrieved March 17, 2015.