Naber in 2016
|Full name||John Phillips Naber|
|National team||United States|
|Born||January 20, 1956|
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg)|
|Club||Ladera Oaks Swim Club|
|College team||Southern California|
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Naber studied in England and Italy where his father worked as a management consultant. He graduated from Woodside High School in northern California, and then completed his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1977 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. While at USC, he led the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA titles (1974–1977).
At age twenty, Naber won four gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec. Each of these victories was swum in world-record time; he swept the two backstroke events and was a member of two winning relay teams. He also won a silver medal in the 200-meter freestyle, part of a U.S. sweep in that event.
One of Naber's gold medals was for the first 200-meter backstroke completed in under two minutes; his world record time of 1:59.19 stood for seven years. His world record of 55.49 seconds in the 100 meter backstroke also stood for seven years.
For these accomplishments in Montreal and elsewhere, Naber won the 1977 James E. Sullivan Award, which is presented to the top American amateur athlete of the year. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1982.
Naber joined The Walt Disney Company in 1977 as a marketing representative, then became a full-time "roving ambassador" for the swimwear maker Speedo. He later was a sports broadcaster, motivational speaker, and professional writer. He was a member of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Organizing Committee.
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John Naber graduated as a scholar athlete from Woodside High School in 1973.
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Media related to John Naber at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- John Naber at the International Olympic Committee
| Men's 100-meter backstroke
world record-holder (long course)
July 18, 1976 – August 6, 1983
| Men's 200-meter backstroke
world record-holder (long course)
June 19, 1976 – August 3, 1983
| Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year