Four-Time Olympic Medalist, World Champion and World Record Holder for Fastest 100m Relay Split in Swimming
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Considered today as one of the most athletic and energetic personalities in the sport of swimming, Jason Lezak was virtually unknown in the swimming world in 1998, when he lit up the U.S. Nationals competition and won his first Nationals title in the 100 Freestyle. In 2000, Jason went on to win a gold and silver medal at the Sydney Olympic Games and, two years later, became the top-ranked sprinter in the world. At the 2004 Olympics, Jason took gold in a world-record-breaking swim in the 4 x 100m medley relay and bronze in the 4x100m freestyle.
By now a seasoned veteran, Jason took his place on the U.S. team one more time when he qualified for Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. At 32, he was the oldest man on the U.S. swim team and a tri-captain. Jason anchored the U.S. men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team to a come-from-behind victory, stealing gold from the French and swimming the fastest 100-meter relay split ever -- at a searing 46.06 seconds. Jason also dominated the last leg of the 4x100m men’s medley relay, winning gold for his team and securing Michael Phelps’ record-setting eighth gold medal for a single Olympics Games.
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Engaging Speaker with Powerful Message
A dynamic speaker who eloquently communicates with heartfelt emotions, Jason Lezak has not given up hopes on competing at his fourth Olympics—when he’ll be 36. He continues to train for London’s 2012 Olympics with the help of corporate sponsorships. In the meantime, expect to see Jason’s anchor leg from Beijing’s 2008 Olympics in sports video highlights for decades to come as one of the most incredible victories that the sport of swimming has ever witnessed!
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What ignites an Olympian dream? Jason Lezak inspires audiences with his riveting accounts of striving for, and living, the Olympic Dream. While growing up, Jason Lezak wanted to be an NBA basketball player as he idolized Magic Johnson. True to form, kids now want to grow up to be like Jason Lezak – an undeniable champion in his sport!
As a tri-captain of the U.S. swim team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jason Lezak shares first-hand experiences of motivating team and peak performance—fresh from his come-from-behind victory in anchoring the fastest ever 100-meter relay split at 46.06 seconds.