Steve Lundquist


Steve Lundquist

Infobox Swimmer
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fullname = Stephen K. Lundquist
nicknames = "Steve" and "Lunk"
nationality = USA
strokes = medley and breaststroke
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collegeteam = Southern Methodist University
birthdate = birth date and age|1961|2|20
birthplace = Atlanta, Georgia
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weight = convert|83|kg|lb
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Stephen ("Steve") Lundquist (born February 20, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former swimmer from the United States, who was a member of the Olympic Team when the USA boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics. His rise to fame was when in 1984 he won two Olympic Gold medals: in the 100 meter breaststroke, and the 400 meter medley relay.

Lundquist was the first swimmer to break 2 minutes in the 200 yard breaststroke. He won every 100 yard breaststroke event he entered from 1980-1983. At 17 he broke his first world record and in his career he broke world and American records on 15 occasions. He first broke the 100 meter breaststroke world record in 1982 and held it until 1989 with the exception of one month when John Moffett held it. He also held the world record in the 200 m IM in 1978. He set American records in the 100 m and 200 m breast and the 200 m IM.

Lundquist went on after the 1984 Olympics to spend much of his time volunteering his time for charitable organizations and making appearances on television and in movies. In June 1985, People Magazine awarded him with the honor of having the Best Chest of male celebrities, including a full-page picture of his muscular torso. In 1996 when the Olympics were hosted in Atlanta, Georgia he was an Olympic Torch Bearer, the Clayton County Master of Ceremonies for the torch run, and he was also given the honor of being the Olympic Flag Bearer at the 1996 Olympic Games. He currently runs his own business, Digipik, a digital media company in the Stockbridge, Georgia area.

Achievements

* U.S. Honorary Olympic Team medalist, swimming, 1980
* United States Swimmer of the Year, 1982
* Olympia Award, 1983
* U.S. Olympic Team double gold medalist, swimming, 1984
* International Swimming Hall of Fame, inducted in 1990
* Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's youngest inductee, 1990
* Olympic flagbearer, torch-runner, emcee, 1996
* Voted America's Top Breast-Stroker of the Century By US Swimming
* Georgia State Games Cauldron Lighter, 1997
* 3rd place, Super Dogs Super Jocks, 1998

Education

* Attended Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia
* Graduated from Jonesboro High School, Georgia 1979
* Graduated (BBA) from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1984
* Graduated (MBA) from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Executive Master's Program) 1994
* Graduate of Beverly Hills Playhouse School of Acting, and Studied under Milton Katselas and Jeff Goldblum
* Studied Voice under Ron Anderson

Civic Activities

(Speaking, Hosting, and Honorary Chairmanships)
Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" Program, The Will Roger's Institute, Live Aid, Hands Across America, The American Red Cross, U.S. Olympic Coin Programs, The American Diabetes Association, The U.S Treasury, Cystic Fibrosis, Atlanta Ski Club, U.S. Olympic Committee, Egleston Beat Leukemia Classics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Swim Across the Sound For Leukemia Research, Various Children's and Burn Hospitals, Florida Hospital Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, Foundation For Children With Learning Disabilities, Special Olympics, Georgia State Games, Atlanta Preservation Society, Junior League of Atlanta, American Heart Foundation, Easter Seals, Multiple Sclerosis, Goodwill Games, Princess Grace Foundation, Clayton County PTA, Providence Day School,TEAM Georgia

Appearances on America's Major National Talk Shows

* "Johnny Carson"
* "Larry King Live"
*" Joan Rivers"
* "Good Morning America"
* "This Morning"
* "The Today Show"
* CNN "Sports Talk"
* "Radio Talk Show" Host during 1996 Summer Olympics
* Commentator for the Goodwill Games in Moscow

Acting credits

* Regular on "Search For Tomorrow" TV Soap
* "Loveboat"
* ABC TV's Actors to Watch Talent and Development Program
* "Return of the Killer Tomatoes"
* Beach Boys MTV video "It's Getting Late"
* "Splash" videos
* After School TV special nominated for an Emmy entitled "Testing Positive"

External links

* [http://www.gshf.org/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=194&Itemid=50 Georgia Sports hall of Fame]
* [http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/lu/steve-lundquist-1.html Profile]


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