Tim Shaw (swimmer)
|Full name||Timothy Andrew Shaw|
|National team||United States|
November 8, 1957 |
Long Beach, California
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||148 lb (67 kg)|
|Strokes||Freestyle, water polo|
|College team||California State University, Long Beach|
Timothy Andrew "Tim" Shaw (born November 8, 1957) is an American former Olympic medal-winning swimmer and water polo player. He swam at the 1976 Summer Olympics and played on the USA's team at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He is one of a handful of athletes to win Olympic medals in two different sports. He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1974 and 1975 by Swimming World Magazine.
In 1974 in space of four days he broke Mark Spitz's 200-meter freestyle world record, Rick Demont's 400-meter freestyle world record and Steve Holland's 1500-meter freestyle world record.
He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine on August 4, 1975, after receiving the FINA Prize Eminence Award in 1974, representative of the greatest contribution to world aquatics; being named World Swimmer of the Year for two years running, 1974 and 1975; and winning the Sullivan Award in 1975 as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States after having won three gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships.
In the 1976 Olympics the following summer, he could manage only a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle; he was completely shut out of his signature event, the 1500-meter freestyle. Although he did not compete in the finals for the 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay, he did contribute to the swimming team in the preliminaries. He could not compete four years later when the United States led the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott in Moscow, Russia. Shaw further was a member of the 1984 U.S. water polo team that was undefeated in Olympic competition but was awarded the silver medal because the Yugoslav team, with an identical record, scored four more goals overall.
Between 1974 and 1984, Shaw won two Olympic silver medals; three world championships; seven U.S. Amateur Athletic Union national titles; and three U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association championships.
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