Jed Graef

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Jed Graef
Personal information
Full name Jed Richard Graef
National team United States
Born (1942-05-01) May 1, 1942 (age 75)
Montclair, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club North Jersey Swim Association
College team Princeton 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.[1]

Graef attended Princeton University, where he was captain of the Princeton Tigers swim team in 1964.[2] Graef won the gold medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[3]

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1988.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jonathan Leitch, "No. 13: Jed Graef '64," 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."
  2. ^ Bric-a-Brac (Princeton University). 1964. p. 164. 
  3. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Swimming" – Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  4. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jed Graef (USA). Retrieved March 17, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Jed Graef – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Jed Graef (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame