JASON LEZAK is One in A Thousand !!!
Jason Lezak, ISHOF Honoree and called the man who
made the greatest relay swim of all time, is special. He is One in a Thousand!
When asked why he wanted to join the
International Swimming Hall of Fame’s One in A Thousand Club, Lezak said, “I
made my first trip to the Hall of Fame when I was 18. Although I already had Olympic dreams, this
added inspiration to want to achieve like so many of the greats from our past. No matter what sport I did, I was always
appreciated the history that created the opportunities for me to succeed.
It was an honor to be inducted last year and
to now have a display for all the visitors to see. It’s very humbling to be a small part of
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More about……JASON LEZAK
From the beginning, Jason Lezak
showed great promise in the pool, but he constantly butted heads with
his coach, Dave Salo, over his commitment to training. Recruited to swim at UC
Santa Barbara, Jason’s problems with authority continued until coach Gregg
Wilson finally dismissed him from the team. This was the wake-up call he
needed. He loved to swim and compete, and after promising to improve his
training habits, Jason rejoined the team. In his Senior year, Lezak was named
Big West Conference Swimmer of the Year.
the 2000 Olympic Trials, Jason finished fourth in the 100m freestyle. While he
failed to qualify individually, his result was good enough to make the 4x100m
freestyle relay team, an event Team USA had never lost in the Olympic Games. In Sydney, the Australians pulled off
the unexpected upset in their home pool and the USA settled for the silver.
the next four years, Jason was the top sprinter in the world, and at the 2004
in Long Beach, he qualified for the Olympic Games in both the 50m and 100m
Athens, the US freestyle relay team was trying to win back the title it had
lost in Sydney four years earlier. Instead, they finished third behind South Africa
and the Netherlands.The next day Jason did not swim as well
as expected and failed to reach the semi-finals. Individually Jason finished
fifth in the 50 meter freestyle. Success came when he swam the freestyle leg
behind Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, and Ian Crocker to win the medley relay
gold medal, in world record time.
2006, Dave Salo left Irvine to take the coaching job at USC, leaving Jason
without a coach. Hebegan coaching himself and proved by
qualifying for his third Olympic Games that he had the discipline to train
daily without a team or trainer at his side.
he finished second in the 100m freestyle at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, he was
32 years old,the
oldest male swimmer to make the team and was selected by his teammates as a
At the 2008 Games in Beijing, his first
event was the 4x100m freestyle relay. The USA hadn’t won this
race since 1996 and this time the USA was not the favorite. That distinction
belonged to theteam
from France, with 100m world record holder, Alain Bernard as its anchorman.
starting nearly a fully body length behind, Jason chased down Bernard in the
final 20 yards towin the gold medal by
eight-one-hundredths of a second. Jason’s split time of 46.06, is still the fastest 100m split in history.
The next day, Jason won bronze in the
100m freestyle for the first individual Olympic medal of hiscareer.
On the final day of competition, he anchored the USA’s world record setting
gave Michael Phelps his historic eighth gold medal.
Continuing to swim on his own after
Beijing, Jason passed up the opportunity to compete in theWorld
Championships to participate in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, where he won
and celebrated his heritage as a Jewish athlete.
In 2012, at the age of 36, Jason
qualified for his fourth Olympic team by finishing sixth at theOlympic
Trials in the 100 free. In London, he swam in the preliminaries and helped earn
a spot in thefinal
for the silver medal winning U.S. team. In doing so, he became the first male
history to win four medals in the same event, in the 4×100m freestyle relay, in
fourconsecutive Olympic Games.
Jason ended his Olympic career with a total of eight medals,
four gold, two silver and two bronze.
Today Jason is a proud husband and father of three and a popular
motivational speaker who is balancing his family life with business
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