Steve Genter

Robert Steven Genter (born January 4, 1951) is an American former competition swimmer and three-time Olympic medalist. He was freestyle specialist who earned a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He also won silver medals in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle events.

Steve Genter
Genter, Mark Spitz and Werner Lampe
at 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameRobert Steven Genter
Nickname(s)"Steve," "Curly"
National teamUnited States
Born (1951-01-04) January 4, 1951
Artesia, California
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
College teamUniversity of California, Los Angeles

In high school, Genter was an All-American in both swimming and water polo. At the 1972 Olympics, he had a collapsed lung several days before the 200-meter freestyle event. Doctors advised him to withdraw; he refused, competed, and won a silver medal. Genter would shave his head before swim meets, for which he was given the nickname "Curly".[1]

See also


  1. Steve Genter.

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