Steve Clark (swimmer)

Steve Clark (swimmer)

Steve Clark
Bennett, Hait, Clark and Gillanders after breaking 4×100-meter medley Olympic record in heats at 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Stephen Edward Clark
Nickname(s) "Steve"
Nationality  United States
Born (1943-06-17) June 17, 1943
Oakland, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 148 lb (67 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team Yale University

Stephen Edward Clark (born June 17, 1943) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, Clark swam for the first-place U.S. relay teams in the preliminary heats of the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay and men's 4×100-meter medley relay. Both American relay teams won gold medals, but Clark was ineligible for a medal under the Olympic swimming rules in effect in 1960 because he did not compete in the event finals. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Clark won three gold medals as a member of the winning U.S. relay teams in the 4×100-meter freestyle, 4×200-meter freestyle, and 4×100-meter medley events.[1]

Clark attended Yale University, where he swam for coach Philip Moriarty's Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Ivy League competition. As a senior, he was the Yale swim team captain; he graduated from Yale with his bachelor's degree in 1964. In 2005, he donated one of his three Olympic gold medals to his alma mater.[2]

Clark was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1966.[3]

See also


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Stephen Clark. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Clark '64 Donates Olympic Medal to Bulldogs"
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inductees, Steve Clark (USA). Retrieved September 16, 2014.

External links

  • Steve Clark – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Steve Clark (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame