Mike Troy

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Mike Troy
Neville Hayes, Mike Troy, Dave Gillanders 1960.jpg
Troy (center) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Michael Francis Troy
Nickname(s) "Mike"
National team United States
Born (1940-10-03) October 3, 1940 (age 76)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport
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.[1]

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 4×200-meter freestyle relay. Individually, he won a second gold with his first-place finish in the men's 200-meter butterfly—his signature event.[1]

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. In 1971 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]

After college, Troy became a U.S. naval officer and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs (BUD/S) training. He was awarded the Silver Star award for his combat service during the Vietnam War.[3]

After retiring from military service Troy settled in the San Diego area where he worked as a real estate agent and swimming coach.[1] His trainees included Mike Stamm.[2] Currently, Troy is co-owner of the Gold Medal Swim School in Chandler, Arizona, with two time Olympic coach Mike Walker.[4] Mike has served as Chairman of the International Section of the Olympic Committee and Vice President of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Mike is currently the National Director of the USA Paralympic Swimming Team. He accompanied the team to Athens, Greece in September 2004 where the USA Paralympic team won numerous medals.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mike Troy. Sports-Reference.com
  2. ^ a b MIKE TROY (USA) 1971 Honor Swimmer. International Swimming Hall of Fame
  3. ^ "Michael (Mike) Francis Troy," Troyhistory.com. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Gold Medal Swim School. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Gold Medal Swim School Owners Bio. Retrieved July 21, 2016.

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Records
Preceded by

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

July 11, 1959 – August 19, 1961
Succeeded by

Carl Robie