|Full name||Stephen K. Lundquist|
|National team||United States|
February 20, 1961 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg)|
|Strokes||Breaststroke, individual medley|
|College team||Southern Methodist University|
Stephen K. Lundquist (born February 20, 1961) is an American former competition swimmer who was an Olympic gold medalist. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he won gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter medley relay.
Lundquist was the first swimmer to break two minutes in the 200-yard breaststroke. He won every 100-yard breaststroke event he entered from 1980 to 1983. At 17 he broke his first world record and in his career he broke world and American records on 15 occasions. He first broke the 100-meter breaststroke world record in 1982 and held it until 1989 with the exception of one month when John Moffett held it. He also held the world record in the 200-meter individual medley in 1978. He set American records in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke and the 200-meter individual medley.
Coached by Arthur Winters, Lundquist switched from a butterfly swimmer when he was 12 years old to the breaststroke, which is the stroke he came to dominate. Winters was at the end of the pool when he broke his first world record at 17 years of age.
Lundquist went on after the 1984 Olympics to spend much of his time volunteering his time for charitable organizations and making appearances on television and in movies. In June 1985, People Magazine awarded him having the Best Chest of male celebrities, including a full-page picture of his muscular torso. In 1996 when the Olympics were hosted in Atlanta, Georgia, he was an Olympic Torch Bearer, the Clayton County Master of Ceremonies for the torch run, and he was also given the honor of being the Olympic Flag Bearer at the 1996 Olympic Games. He currently runs his own business, Digipik, a digital media company in the Stockbridge, Georgia area.
- U.S. Honorary Olympic Team medalist, swimming, 1980
- United States Swimmer of the Year, 1982
- Olympia Award, 1983
- U.S. Olympic Team double gold medalist, swimming, 1984
- International Swimming Hall of Fame, inducted in 1990
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's youngest inductee, 1990
- Olympic flagbearer, torch-runner, emcee, 1996
- Voted America's Top Breast-Stroker of the Century By US Swimming
- Georgia State Games Cauldron Lighter, 1997
- 3rd place, Super Dogs Super Jocks, 1998
- Attended Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia
- Graduated from Jonesboro High School, Georgia 1979
- Graduated (BBA) from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1984
- Graduated (MBA) from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Executive Master's Program) 1994
- Graduate of Beverly Hills Playhouse School of Acting, and studied under Milton Katselas and Jeff Goldblum
- Studied voice under Ron Anderson
Appearances on America's major national talk shows
- Johnny Carson
- Larry King Live
- Joan Rivers
- Good Morning America
- This Morning
- The Today Show
- CNN Sports Talk
- Radio Talk Show Host during 1996 Summer Olympics
- Commentator for the 1986 Goodwill Games in Moscow
- Regular on Search For Tomorrow TV Soap
- ABC TV's Actors to Watch Talent and Development Program
- Earth Girls are Easy
- Return of the Killer Tomatoes
- Beach Boys MTV video "It's Getting Late"
- Splash videos
- After School TV special nominated for an Emmy entitled "Testing Positive"
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)
- List of Southern Methodist University people
- List of World Aquatics Championships medalists in swimming (men)
- World record progression 100 metres breaststroke
- World record progression 200 metres individual medley
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres medley relay
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- Steve Lundquist – Athlete profile at Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
- "Steve Lundquist". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Steve Lundquist (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
|Men's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)
August 2, 1978 – August 24, 1978