Charles Daniels (swimmer)
Charles Meldrum Daniels (March 24, 1885 – August 9, 1973) was an American competition swimmer, eight-time Olympic medalist, and world record-holder in two freestyle swimming events. Daniels was an innovator of the front crawl swimming style, inventing the "American crawl".
|Full name||Charles Meldrum Daniels|
|National team||United States|
|Born||March 24, 1885|
|Died||August 9, 1973 88) (aged|
Carmel Valley Village, California
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg)|
|Spouse(s)||Florence Goodyear Daniels|
|Club||New York Athletic Club|
Daniels began his swimming career with the New York Athletic Club in 1903. At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Daniels became the first American to win an Olympic medal, winning gold medals in both the 220- and 440-yard freestyle races. Four years later, at the 1908 Olympics in London, Daniels won gold in the 100-meter freestyle.
Daniels was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1965.
- List of members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists at a single Games
- List of multiple Olympic medalists at a single Games
- World record progression 100 metres freestyle
- World record progression 200 metres freestyle
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