Mark Henderson (swimmer)

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Mark Henderson
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Personal information
Full name Mark Andrew Henderson
National team  United States
Born (1969-11-14) November 14, 1969 (age 47)
Washington, D.C.
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, Freestyle
Club Nation's Capital Swim Club
College team University of California, Berkeley
Coach Jeff King, Nort Thornton

Mark Andrew Henderson (born November 14, 1969) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He is an Olympic gold medalist, three-time World champion, two-time Pan American Games champion, four-time Pan Pacific champion and five-time U.S. National champion. He competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he was the butterfly leg of the gold medal 4×100-meter medley relay, which set the world, Olympic, American, and U.S. Open records.[1]

While in high school, Henderson swam for Curl-Burke Swim Club (renamed to Nation's Capital Swim Club) and was coached by Jeff King.[2] He attended college at the University of California, Berkeley where he swam for coach Nort Thornton's California Golden Bears swimming and diving team.

At the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992, Henderson entered the meet ranked 2nd in the world in the 100m butterfly, but concentrated too much on his competition and took out his race much too fast (under world record pace at the 50m mark). He led the race to the final 10 meters where he "bonked" and dropped from first to seventh place.

Henderson returned to competition after an 8-month retirement with a vengeance. In 1993, Henderson won gold at the U.S. Open and Summer U.S. Nationals and another two gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. He finished his comback year with a gold and two silvers at the inaugural Short Course World Championships in Palma, Majorca.

In 1994, Henderson joined the first USA Swimming resident team which was located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was run and coached by former world record holder Jonty Skinner. Over the next two years, Jonty coached Mark to two National titles, a gold at the World Championships, a gold and silver at the Pan Pacific Championships and two Pan American Gold medals. Mark found redemption at the 1996 Olympic Trials by qualifying for the team in the 100 meter butterfly.

Upon his retirement, Henderson worked in the financial industry concentrating on Japan and U.S. equities for 15 years for the likes of JP Morgan Securities, Citigroup, and Janney Montgomery Scott. He retired from Wall Street in 2016 and is now starting a new company called The Athletes Village which is building a platform to motivate and enhance the sports experience for youth athletes, their parents and coaches by connecting them through a Q&A/Search platform with elite athletes and experts in all the fields of sports (coaching, parenting, nutrition, psychology, strength training, injury prevention, etc.)

Mark married Tamara Blanchard in 2006 in San Francisco, CA. They currently live in the Bay area and have two children, Brooke and Brady and two dogs: Harry (Bernese Mountain Dog) and Gator (Double Dapple Dachshund).

Charitable endeavors[edit]

Since his retirement from competitive swimming, Henderson has been a member of USA Swimming's Athlete Executive Council (AEC) (2000–2008), USA Swimming Board member (2000–2008), United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) member (2000–2008), Chair of the AAC (2004–2008), current Board member of the Leo Brien Foundation, Olympic solidarity representative to Zimbabwe (2000–present), Co-founder of S.W.I.M (Swim With Inspiration and Motivation) learn-to-swim program for inner-city youth in San Francisco, and he is also a participant/ member in the Big Brother Program (1988–present) and Swim Across America. In 2008, Henderson was the recipient of the USA Swimming Athlete Appreciation Award.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 Olympics – Atlanta, United States – Swimming"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on May 3, 2008)
  2. ^ "www.cubu.org". www.cubu.org. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 

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