Mike Troy

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Mike Troy
Personal information
Full name Michael Francis Troy
Nickname(s) "Mike"
National team  United States
Born (1940-10-03) October 3, 1940 (age 74)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, freestyle
Club Indianapolis Athletic Club
College team Indiana University

Michael Francis Troy (born October 3, 1940) is an American former competition swimmer, a two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events.

The peak of Troy's swimming career occurred between 1959 and 1960 while he was coached by Doc Counsilman of the Indiana Hoosiers swimming and diving team at Indiana University. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, he won his first gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Individually, he won a second gold with his first-place finish in the men's 200-meter butterfly—his signature event.

Troy broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly six consecutive times before it was taken over by fellow American swimmer Carl Robie in 1961.

After college, Troy became a U.S. naval officer and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs (BUD/S) training. He was later nominated for the Silver Star award for his combat service during the Vietnam War.[1]

Currently, Troy is co-owner of the Gold Medal Swim School in Chandler, Arizona, with two time Olympic coach Mike Walker.[2] Troy was married August 17, 2012 to Suzanne Benedict.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Michael (Mike) Francis Troy," Troyhistory.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Gold Medal Swim School. Retrieved March 19, 2015.

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Preceded by

William Yorzyk
Men's 200-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

July 11, 1959 – August 19, 1961
Succeeded by

Carl Robie