Jerry Heidenreich

Jerome Alan Heidenreich (February 4, 1950 – April 18, 2002) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, where he received gold medals in the 4×100-meter medley relay, and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.[2] He received a silver medal in 100-meter freestyle, and a bronze medal in 100-meter butterfly.

Jerry Heidenreich
Mark Spitz and Jerry Heidenreich (right) at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameJerome Alan Heidenreich
Nickname(s)"Jerry", "The Poet"
National teamUnited States
Born(1950-02-04)February 4, 1950
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.[1]
DiedApril 18, 2002(2002-04-18) (aged 52)
Paris, Texas, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight161 lb (73 kg)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
College teamSouthern Methodist University

He set six world records during his swimming career, all as a relay team member.

Heidenreich was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1992.[3]

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jerry Heidenreich". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2013-06-15.
  2. "1972 Olympics – München, Germany – Swimming" Archived 2008-08-20 at the Wayback (Retrieved on May 1, 2008)
  3. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jerry Heidenreich (USA). Retrieved March 18, 2015.

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