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Charlie Daniels

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 4 1
Silver 1 0
Bronze 2 0
Total 7 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameCharles Meldrum "Charlie"•Daniels
Used nameCharlie•Daniels
Born24 March 1885 in Dayton, Ohio (USA)
Died9 August 1973 in Carmel Valley Village, California (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Charlie Daniels was a major influence on the development of American swimming. He perfected the Australian crawl, changing it slightly, adding a six-beat kick, to be renamed the American crawl, and using it to win a record 31 AAU individual championships. When he retired from swimming in 1911, he had won 53 national titles, and won over 300 races. He set world freestyle records at every distance from 25y to one mile and in 1905, he posted 14 world records within a period of four days. His tally of eight Olympic medals was not bettered until Mark Spitz among American swimmers. In addition to his outstanding abilities in the pool, Daniels was also the bridge and squash champion of the New York AC and later became a top amateur golfer.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1904 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 50 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing United States    
  100 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  220 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  440 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  880 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  4 × 50 Yard Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic New York Athletic Club #1 1 Gold
  100 Yard Backstroke, Men Olympic DNS
1906 Intercalated Games Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated 1 Gold Representing United States    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Intercalated DNS
  One Mile Freestyle, Men Intercalated DNS
  4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Intercalated United States 4
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic United States 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1906 Intercalated Games 24 April 1906 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat One 1:17.6 1
1906 Intercalated Games 25 April 1906 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Final 1:13.0 1
1908 Summer Olympics 17 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Round One, Heat Five 1:05.8 1
1908 Summer Olympics 20 July 1908 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Final 1:05.6 WR 1

Special Notes

Errata

Date of death given as 6 November 1918