Chris Cavanaugh (swimmer)

Christopher Carl Cavanaugh (born July 1, 1962) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic champion. He was a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles,[1] and was also a member of the U.S. Olympic team when the United States led a boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.[2]

Chris Cavanaugh
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Carl Cavanaugh
National teamUnited States
Born (1962-07-01) July 1, 1962
Hialeah, Florida
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight208 lb (94 kg)
College teamUniversity of Southern California

Cavanaugh was an All-American swimmer and elected team captain for the USC Trojans swimming team at the University of Southern California, where he also played water polo and graduated in 1986.[3][4]

Cavanaugh has volunteered as a celebrity swimmer for various charitable organizations including Swim Across America, a charitable organization that raises money for cancer. He now coaches and swims Masters having held many Masters National record. He also works with USS, and club swimmers at all levels. He resides in San Jose, California.

See also


  1. "1984 Olympics – Los Angeles, United States – Swimming" Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback (Retrieved on May 3, 2008)
  2. Cavanaugh's bio from Swim Across America. retrieved 2009-06-19.
  3. USC Men's Swimming & Diving All-Americans Archived 2006-11-28 at the Wayback Machine, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 27, 2008.
  4. USC OLYMPIANS: 1904-2008, USC Trojans Athletic Department, Accessed August 27, 2008.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Chris Cavanaugh". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.

Preceded by
Klaus Steinbach
Men's 50-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

February 2, 1980 – April 10, 1980
Succeeded by
Rowdy Gaines

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