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BackgroundEdit

InsightsEdit

    • This award is given to the athlete who came back from adversity, retirement, sickness, injury, etc., to have an outstanding performance(s) in 2008, with special emphasis on the 2008 Olympic Games.

Jason Lezak has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 1999 and has been a steady performer on U.S. relays since that time. He was a member of the 4 x 100m free relay in the Olympic finals in both 2000 and 2004, winning silver in 2000 and bronze in 2004. The 32-year-old also has been swimming in the 50m and 100m free at both the World Championships and Olympic Games since 2003 without ever winning an individual medal. Lezak managed to change all that history at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He anchored the sprint free relay with a miraculous 46.06 split, catching the relay from France (also known as FRA) Flag of France in the final strokes to earn gold and a world record for the U.S. Lezak, who served as a tri-captain for the men’s team this summer, also tallied his first individual medal by finishing third in the 100m freestyle final in Beijing.


Career Highlights:Edit

Member of the gold-medalist 400m FR-R at the 2007 FINA World Championships ... Earned three medals at the 2006 Pan Pacifics, including individual silver in the 100m free and relay gold on the 400m free and medley relays; anchored the 400m free relay that recaptured the world record ... gold medalist on world record-breaking 400m medley relay at the 2004 Olympic Games, in addition to winning bronze in the 400m free relay ... anchored both 400m medley relays that hold the world record (lcm and scm); his freestyle split at the 2004 Games was the second-fastest performance by an American ... all four of his Olympic medals are from relays

Olympics:Edit

2004: Gold, 400m MR(WR); Bronze, 400m FR-R; 5, 50m FR; 21, 100m FR ... 2000: Gold, 400m MR(pr); Silver, 400m FR-R

World ChampionshipsEdit

2007: Gold, 400m FR-R; 5, 100m FR ... 2005: Gold, 400m FR-R & 400m MR; 6, 100m FR; 21, 50m FR ... 2003: Gold, 400m MR(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R ... 2001: no medals

2007 World Rankings: Edit

18th, 50m free; 7th, 100m free

2006 World Rankings: Edit

11th, 50m free; 4th, 100m free

2005 World Rankings: Edit

13th, 50m free; 5th, 100m free

Records:Edit

Holds WR in 400m FR-R, set at 2006 Pan Pacific Champs ... Holds WR in 400m MED-R, set at 2004 Olympic Games ... Holds (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States / American Record) in 400m FR-R, set at 2006 Pan Pacific Champs ... Holds AR in 100m FR, set at 2004 US Olympic Trials Semis

United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States Swim TitlesEdit

50m Free (3): ’05 SPG, ’02 SUM, '02 SPG 100m Free (4): ’02 SUM, '02 SPG, '99 SUM, '98 SUM

DetailsEdit

General Accolades: 2006 USA Swimming Relay Performance of the Year (Pan Pac 400m free relay) International: Anchored both 400m medley relays that hold the world record (lcm and scm) National Teams: Six-time National A Team (1999, 02-06) … three-time National B Team (1998, 00-01) All-Star Team: Six-time (2002-06)

Personal:Edit

High School: Irvine HS '94 College: California-Santa Barbara ‘99 College Major: Business/Economics Job Outside of Swimming: Self-employed

Family, Village, Community Edit

Parents: David and Linda … father is in leather goods sales, and mother is an elementary school science teacher Spouse: Married Danielle DeAlva on April 24, 2004 … she competed at the Pan American Games for Mexico in swimming … she graduated from nursing school in ====2006==== Sibling(s): Older sister (Nicole) attended Chapman University and is a social worker ... younger sister (Erin) attended UC-Santa Barbara and is getting her Masters in teaching Sports Played Before Swimming: Basketball, baseball, soccer Pet(s): One puppy (Bailey) is a lab Hobbies Outside the Pool: Playing basketball Ultimate Way to Relax: Watching television Most Influential Person: Parents ... "Because of their continued support throughout the years." Sponsor(s): Nike

Training Notes Edit

2008Edit

Swims 4,000 meters/yards per day, 2 hours a day, 5 days a week More: 1994 High School All-American in water polo ... when he was little, wanted to be an NBA basketball player Favorites: U.S. city: Irvine, Calif. ... int'l destination: Bora Bora ... musician: 2Pac ... celebrity: Magic Johnson; "I idolized him growing up."

Splash:Edit

Two-time Olympian (2004, 2000) Four Olympic medals (2g, 1s, 1b) Four World medals (3g, 1s)

International MedalsEdit

2007 World Championships 2007: Gold, 400m FR-R 2006 Pan Pacific Champs 2006: Gold, 400m FR-R (WR); Gold, 400m MED-R; Silver, 100m FR 2006 SC World Champs 2006: Bronze, 400m FR-R (Short Course Meters) 2005 World Championships 2005: Gold, 400m FR-R; Gold, 400m MED-R 2004 Olympic Games 2004: Gold, 400m MED-R (WR); Bronze, 400m FR-R

Top TimesEdit

Event 50m FR 100m FR Best 21.98 48.17 Year Jul 04 Jul 04

2008 08 SCSC GP - 7 Final, 100m FR 2007 SCY NATS - t2 Final, 50y FR; t2 Final, 100y FR PARIS - 7 Final, 50m FR MoO DiP - 4 Final, 50m FR WORLD - 5 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 400m FR-R 2006 PAN PAC - 9 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 400m FR-R (WR); 1 Final, 400m FR-R (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States / American Record); 1 Final, 400m MED-R SUM NATS - 3 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR SC WORLD - t15 Semi, 100m FR (Short Course Meters); 3 Final, 400m FR-R (Short Course Meters) 2005 MoO DiP - 2 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR WORLD - 4 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 400m FR-R WC TRIALS - 1 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR 2004 OLY - 3 Semi, 50m FR; 5 Final, 50m FR; 3 Final, 400m FR-R OLY TRIALS - 1 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States / American Record); 1 Final, 100m FR SPG NATS - 5 Final, 50m FR 2003 US OPEN - 1 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR WORLD - 2 Semi, 50m FR; 8 Final, 50m FR; 4 Semi, 100m FR; 4 Final, 100m FR; 2 Final, 400m FR-R; 1 Final, 400m MED-R MoO DiP - 1 Final, 50m FR SPG NATS - 3 Final, 50m FR; 3 Final, 100m FR 2002 SUM NATS - 1 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR SPG NATS - 1 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR

InsightsEdit

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Jason Edward Lezak (born on November 12, 1975 in Irvine, California) is an American swimmer.

He is a member of the Irvine Novaquatics. He went to Irvine High School in 1994, then to University of California, Santa Barbara in 1999. He is 193 cm (6 ft 4 in) and weighs 93 kg (205 pounds). Lezak is specialist of 50 and 100 m freestyle races.

Lezak's first long-course international swimming gold medal was in 2003, when he won the 4×100 m medlay relay, setting new world record. He was also silver medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay. In shourt-course swimpool he was five times world champion, all with relays apart from the 100 m single freestyle gold medal in 2004. Lezak has been also 7 times US Champion, 3 times in 50 m freestyle and 4 in 100 m freestyle.

He competed in several events at the 2004 Olympic Games, and was a member of the 4x100 metre medley relay team that set a new world record at the games. He also won a bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay, finishing only eighth in the 50 m freestyle single race.

In 2005 he was World Champion in the 4×100 m medley and freestyle relays with US national team.

As of 2007 Jason Lezak represents the Rose Bowl Aquatics swim club, in Pasadena, CA. The head coach, Jeff Julian is a long-time childhood friend.

Personal bests Edit

His personal bests (long-course swimpools) are:

  • 50 m freestyle: 21.98
  • 100 m freestyle: 47.58 (US record)

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