Josh Davis (swimmer)

Josh Davis (swimmer)

Josh Davis
Davis signing autographs, c. 2005
Personal information
Full name Joshua Clark Davis
Nickname(s) "Josh"
National team  United States
Born (1972-09-01) September 1, 1972
San Antonio, Texas
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team University of Texas

Joshua Clark Davis (born September 1, 1972) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. Davis represented the United States at two consecutive Summer Olympics.

At the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He earned a third gold medal by swimming for the first-place U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay. He also competed in the 200-meter freestyle, and finished seventh in the event final with a time of 1:48.54.

Four years later at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, he served as the captain of the U.S. swimming team. At the 2000 Olympics, he won silver medals swimming for the second-place U.S. teams in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and the final of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He again competed in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing in fourth place in the final with a time of 1:46.73.

He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he swam for coach Eddie Reese's Texas Longhorns swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition.

He also swam for the U.S. national team at:

In February 2009 four of Davis' Olympic medals—three gold medals and one silver medal—were stolen from his car after he returned from a swim clinic in St. Louis.[1] On February 13, 2009, cleanup crews found the medals outside one of the Salvation Army's Boys and Girls Clubs in San Antonio. The medals were returned to Davis at a news conference later that night.[2]

Davis and wife Shantel have five children.

Completed in 2001, the newer natatorium at North East independent school District's Virgil T. Blossom Athletic Center (the district where Davis attended school) in San Antonio was named in his honor.[3]

See also


  1. ^ US Swimmer Josh Davis Reports Stolen Medals, February 11, 2009
  2. ^ US Swimmer Josh Davis Olympic Medals Found and Returned, February 13, 2009
  3. ^ Josh Davis Natatorium to be Dedicated Lane 9 News, May 10, 2001

External links

  • US Olympic Committee
  • Josh Davis homepage