Neil Walker (swimmer)

Neil Scott Walker (born June 25, 1976) is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in multiple events.

Neil Walker
Personal information
Full nameNeil Scott Walker
National team United States
Born (1976-06-25) June 25, 1976
Verona, Wisconsin
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight198 lb (90 kg)
StrokesBackstroke, butterfly, individual medley
ClubLonghorn Aquatics
College teamUniversity of Texas

Walker represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he won a silver medal in the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he also won a bronze in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He also twice earned gold medals in the 4×100-meter medley relay, after swimming for the winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats.[1]

At the 2000 Short Course World Championships in Athens, Greece, he set short course world records in the 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter backstroke, and 100-meter individual medley.

Walker retired from competitive swimming after the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. He started a swim school with Olympian and former Longhorn teammate Ian Crocker and U.S. National Champion and former Longhorn teammate James Fike, with locations in Austin and Dallas. He is currently the head coach of Rockwall Aquatics Center of Excellence (RACE) in Rockwall, Texas.

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Neil Walker. Retrieved March 20, 2015.

Preceded by

Matt Welsh
Matt Welsh
Men's 50-meter backstroke
world record-holder (short course)

November 18, 1999 – January 14, 2000
March 13, 2000 – September 2, 2002
Succeeded by

Matt Welsh
Matt Welsh
Preceded by

Jani Sievinen
Men's 100-meter individual medley
world record-holder (short course)

March 18, 2000 – December 15, 2001
Succeeded by

Peter Mankoč
Preceded by

Lenny Krayzelburg
Men's 100-meter backstroke
world record-holder (short course)

March 19, 2000 – December 8, 2002
Succeeded by

Thomas Rupprath

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