Rick Colella

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Rick Colella
Rick Colella 1972.jpg
Colella in 1972
Personal information
Full name Richard Phillip Colella, Jr.
Nickname(s) "Rick"
National team United States
Born (1951-12-14) December 14, 1951 (age 66)
Seattle, Washington
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Totem Lake Swim Club
College team University of Washington

Richard Phillip Colella, Jr. (born December 14, 1951)[1] is an American former breaststroke swimmer who represented the United States at two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1972.

Colella's sister Lynn was also an Olympic swimmer. In 1971 Richard and Lynn won the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Man of the Year award.[2]

Colella finished fourth in the final of the men's 200-meter breaststroke at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, he finished third and received the bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke, his signature event.

Colella and his wife Terry have raised four children, Elise, Mariel, Brian and Angie. For the past seven years, the Colellas have dedicated themselves to raising money for research to find a cure for facioscapulohumeral disease (FSHD), a common form of muscular dystrophy that affects their son Brian. They formed FSH Friends, an organization that they run out of their home. They work to raise money and put on an annual auction gala that takes place in the end of January. They've also co-sponsored local workshops, bringing researchers together from around the world, to help move the research forward.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rick Colella. sports-reference.com.
  2. ^ Dan Raley (July 15, 2008) Where Are They Now? Colella left hanging on swimming replay. Seattle P-I
  3. ^ Friends of FSH Research. fshfriends.org