|Full name||Richard Phillip Colella, Jr.|
|National team||United States|
December 14, 1951 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg)|
|Club||Totem Lake Swim Club|
|College team||University of Washington|
Colella's sister Lynn was also a competition swimmer and Olympian. In 1971, he and his sister were co-winners of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Man of the Year award.
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.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)
- List of University of Washington people
- List of World Aquatics Championships medalists in swimming (men)
- Colella's entry from www.sports-reference.com.
- Seattle P-I http://www.seattlepi.com/olympics/370937_where16.html
- FSH Friends http://www.fshfriends.org/
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