Mark Henderson (swimmer)
Mark Andrew Henderson (born November 14, 1969) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. He is an Olympic gold medalist, three-time World champion, two-time Pan American Games champion, four-time Pan Pacific champion and five-time U.S. National champion. He competed at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, where he was the butterfly leg of the gold medal 4×100-meter medley relay, which set the world, Olympic, American, and U.S. Open records.
|Full name||Mark Andrew Henderson|
|Born||November 14, 1969|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg)|
|Club||Nation's Capital Swim Club|
|College team||University of California, Berkeley|
|Coach||Jeff King, Nort Thornton|
While in high school, Henderson swam for Curl-Burke Swim Club (renamed to Nation's Capital Swim Club) and was coached by Jeff King. He attended college at the University of California, Berkeley where he swam for coach Nort Thornton's California Golden Bears swimming and diving team.
At the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992, Henderson entered the meet ranked 2nd in the world in the 100m butterfly, but concentrated too much on his competition and took out his race much too fast (under world record pace at the 50m mark). He led the race to the final 10 meters where he "bonked" and dropped from first to seventh place.
Henderson returned to competition after an 8-month retirement with a vengeance. In 1993, Henderson won gold at the U.S. Open and Summer U.S. Nationals and another two gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. He finished his comeback year with a gold and two silvers at the inaugural Short Course World Championships in Palma, Majorca.
In 1994, Henderson joined the first USA Swimming resident team which was located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was run and coached by former world record holder Jonty Skinner. Over the next two years, Skinner coached Henderson to two National titles, a gold at the World Championships, a gold and silver at the Pan Pacific Championships and two Pan American Gold medals. Henderson found redemption at the 1996 Olympic Trials by qualifying for the team in the 100 meter butterfly.
Upon his retirement from swimming, Henderson worked in the financial industry concentrating on Japan and U.S. equities for 15 years for the likes of JP Morgan Securities, Citigroup, and Janney Montgomery Scott. He retired from Wall Street in 2016 and is started a company called The Athletes Village which is building a platform to motivate and enhance the sports experience for youth athletes, their parents and coaches by connecting them through a Q&A/Search platform with elite athletes and experts in all the fields of sports (coaching, parenting, nutrition, psychology, strength training, injury prevention, etc.)
Henderson was married to Summer Sanders from 1997 to 2001. In 2006, Mark married Tamara Blanchard. They have two children: Brooke & Brady, a Bernese Mountain Dog (Harry) and a Double Dapple Dachshund (Gator).
Since his retirement from competitive swimming, Henderson has been a member of USA Swimming's Athlete Executive Council (AEC) (2000–2008), USA Swimming Board member (2000–2008), United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) member (2000–2008), Chair of the AAC (2004–2008), current Board member of the Leo Brien Foundation, Olympic solidarity representative to Zimbabwe (2000–present), Co-founder of S.W.I.M (Swim With Inspiration and Motivation) learn-to-swim program for inner-city youth in San Francisco, and he is also a participant/ member in the Big Brother Program (1988–present) and Swim Across America. In 2008, Henderson was the recipient of the USA Swimming Athlete Appreciation Award.
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