Jimmy McLane

Jimmy McLane

Jimmy McLane
Personal information
Full name James Price McLane, Jr.
Nickname(s) "Jimmy"
Nationality  United States
Born (1930-09-13) September 13, 1930
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club New Haven Swim Club
College team Yale University

James Price McLane, Jr. (born September 13, 1930) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

McLane represented the United States as a 17-year-old at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, he won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, with teammates Wally Ris, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith. Ris, McLane, Wolf and Smith set a new world record of 8:46.0 in the event final. Individually, he received another gold medal for winning the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, and a silver medal for his second-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle.[1]

Four years later at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, he won another gold medal by swimming the anchor leg for the first-place U.S. team in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, together with relay teammates Wayne Moore, Bill Woolsey and Ford Konno. The Americans set a new Olympic record of 8:31.1 in the final.[1]

McLane graduated from Philips Academy. He attended Yale University, where he swam for the and Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He was a member of Skull and Bones, and graduated from Yale in 1953.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Jimmy McLane. October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Barbara C. Hamby Is Married Here: Little Church Is Setting for Wedding to Pvt. J. McLane, 1952 Olympic Swimmer," The New York Times (January 14, 1954).

External links

  • Jimmy McLane – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Jimmy McLane (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at the International Swimming Hall of Fame