Jerry Heidenreich

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Jerry Heidenreich
Mark Spitz and Jerry Heidenreich 1972.jpg
Mark Spitz and Jerry Heidenreich (right) at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Jerome Alan Heidenreich
Nickname(s) "Jerry", "The Poet"
National team United States
Born (1950-02-04)February 4, 1950
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.[1]
Died April 18, 2002(2002-04-18) (aged 52)
Paris, Texas, U.S.
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 161 lb (73 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, freestyle
College team Southern Methodist University

Jerome Alan Heidenreich (February 4, 1950 – April 18, 2002) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, where he received gold medals in the 4×100-meter medley relay, and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.[2] He received a silver medal in 100-meter freestyle, and a bronze medal in 100-meter butterfly.

He set six world records during his swimming career, all as a relay team member.

Heidenreich was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1992.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jerry Heidenreich". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ "1972 Olympics – München, Germany – Swimming" (Retrieved on May 1, 2008)
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jerry Heidenreich (USA). Retrieved March 18, 2015.