Troy Dalbey

Troy Lane Dalbey (born September 19, 1968) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Troy Dalbey
Personal information
Full nameTroy Lane Dalbey
National teamUnited States
Born (1968-09-19) September 19, 1968
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
College teamUniversity of Florida
Arizona State University

Dalbey attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1986 to 1987.[1] In 1987, he was named an All-American in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle events, the 400-yard medley relay, and the 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays, and was a member of the Gators' 800-yard freestyle relay team that won the NCAA title that year.[1]

Dalbey won two gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.[2] He won his first gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×100 meter freestyle relay, together with teammates Chris Jacobs, Tom Jager and Matt Biondi. He won a second gold medal with fellow Americans Matt Cetlinski, Doug Gjertsen and Matt Biondi in the men's 4×200 meter freestyle relay. Dalbey and his American relay teammates set new world records in the event finals of both the 4×100-meter (3:16.53) and the 4×200-meter (7:12.51) events.[3] While celebrating his victories with Doug Gjertsen in a Korean bar, they removed a marble lion's head wall decoration and were arrested by the Korean police. Dalbey and Gjertsen resigned from the U.S. Olympic team, apologized to their Korean hosts in writing, and no formal charges were filed by the Korean prosecutor;[4] Dalbey subsequently received an 18-month suspension from competitive swimming.

Dalbey transferred to Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona after the 1988 Olympics, and finished his college swimming career swimming for the Arizona State Sun Devils swimming and diving team. He received four more All-American honors as a Sun Devil swimmer in 1991.

After Dalbey retired from competition swimming, he spent several years as a swimming coach, helping to train other swimmers for the Olympics. Since then he married Lena Dalbey and had children Jade Dalbey, Tess Dalbey and Tristan Dalbey. He is currently with Main Street Power, a leading solar finance provider based in Boulder, Colorado.

See also


  1. Gator Men's Swimming & Diving 2008–2009 Media Guide, Gator History & Records, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 88, 89, 90, 93, 105, 111–114 (2008). Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  2., Athletes, Troy Dalbey Archived 2007-02-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
  3., Olympic Sports, Troy Dalbey. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
  4. Associated Press, "The Seoul Olympics: Notebook; No Charges in Theft of Statue," The New York Times (September 30, 1988). Retrieved July 15, 2010.
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