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Budd Goodwin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameLeo Joseph "Budd"•Goodwin
Used nameBudd•Goodwin
Born13 November 1883 in New York, New York (USA)
Died25 May 1957 in New York, New York (USA)
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Leo “Budd” Goodwin of the New York AC won numerous championships during a long career, but his days as an active swimmer were nearly ended in 1906 when he almost lost an arm following a severe case of blood poisoning. Goodwin won AAU titles outdoors in the 1904 440 yard freestyle, the 1901 and 1907 880 yard freestyle, the 1-mile freestyle in 1910 and 1912-14, and in long-distance swimming in 1910 and 1915. He won indoor AAU titles in the 100 yard freestyle in 1903 and in the 1908 500 yard freestyle. He was also noted as a marathon swimmer, winning the Battery-to-Coney Island race at least once.

Goodwin worked for his father for many years on their Manhattan Island excursion ferry. He later won a Congressional Medal for bravery for a daring sea rescue in Newport News, Virginia. Goodwin continued to compete until 1922. He retired to the Palm Beach area where he continued to swim recreationally. His son, Tommy Goodwin, became one of the nation’s top amateur golfers.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1904 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 50 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 5 Representing United States    
  100 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 6
  220 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  440 yard Freestyle, Men Olympic 4
  One Mile Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  4 × 50 Yard Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic New York Athletic Club #1 1 Gold
  Plunge For Distance, Men Olympic 3 Bronze
  880 yards, Handicap, Men Olympic (non-medal) 1
Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic New York Athletic Club 1 Gold
1908 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS Representing United States    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 3 h1 r1/3
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic United States 3 Bronze
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS Representing United States    
  400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS
  1,500 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic DNS