Scott Goodman

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This article is about the Australian swimmer. For the Australian athletics coach, see Scott Goodman (coach).
Scott Goodman
Personal information
Full name Scott Linton Goodman
National team  Australia
Born (1973-08-20) 20 August 1973 (age 42)
Hobart, Tasmania
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly

Scott Linton Goodman (born 20 August 1973) is an Australian butterfly swimmer who competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, winning a bronze medal in the 200-metre butterfly.[1] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[2]

Born and raised in Tasmania, Goodman was selected for his debut at the 1991 Pan Pacific Championships, but then missed selection for the 1992 Summer Olympics the following year. He was selected for 1993 Pan Pacific Championships in Kobe, Japan, but was forced to withdraw with glandular fever. He defied medical experts who claimed that he would never swim competitively again in 1994, and won a silver medal in the 200-metre butterfly at the 1995 Pan Pacific Championships in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1996, Goodman went into the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta as the No. 1 ranked swimmer, and fastest qualifier in the heats of the 200-metre butterfly. However, he succumbed to pressure, executing poor turns, finishing with a bronze medal behind Denis Pankratov of Russia and Tom Malchow of the United States.

In 1998, Goodman went to the World Swimming Championships in Perth, but overbalanced and fell into the pool during the final. He was deemed to have entered the water deliberately and was disqualified for a false start. Goodman reacted by throwing and knocking over a poolside chair as he left the arena. Devastated, he quit swimming, but resumed training in 1999 in order to attempt to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He failed to gain selection for the Sydney Olympics.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sports Reference profile". Sports Reference. 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ AIS at the Olympics


  • Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games.