Jerry Heidenreich

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJerôme Alan "Jerry"•Heidenreich
Used nameJerry•Heidenreich
Born4 February 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)
Died18 April 2002 in Paris, Texas (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsSMU Mustangs, Dallas (USA)
NOC United States


The United States won all three relays at the 1972 Olympics, each with a new world record, and Jerry Heidenreich was a member of two of the winning teams. He also won three gold in the 4×100 metre freestyle (with Dave Edgar, Steve Genter, and the non-Olympian Frank Heckl), 4×200 metre freestyle (with Steve Genter and the non-Olympians Jim McConica and Frank Heckl), and 4×100 metre medley (with John Murphy, Brian Job, and the non-Olympian Frank Heckl) and one silver in 100 metres butterfly at the 1971 Pan American Games. Heidenreich attended Southern Methodist and won the NCAA 220 y freestyle in 1972. During his career he set six American and six World Records, all in relays.

Heidenreich was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1992. In later life he became a swimming instructor in the Dallas, Texas area. In the summer of 2001 he suffered a stroke and had difficulty recovering from it. Heidenreich later committed suicide.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Jerry Heidenreich
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
100 metres Butterfly, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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