George Kojac

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Harold•Kojac
Used nameGeorge•Kojac
Born2 March 1910 in New York, New York (USA)
Died28 May 1996 in Fairfax, Virginia (USA)
AffiliationsBoys' Club of New York, New York (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


George Kojac was the son of Ukranian immigrants, and while attending DeWitt Clinton High School, he learned to swim in New York’s East River. He set the first of his 23 world records while still in high school and won AAU titles in both freestyle and backstroke events. Kojac attended Rutgers and never lost a race while there, but he missed the 1932 Olympics because of his studies at Columbia Medical School. However the Olympic backstroke record he set at the 1928 Games was the only Olympic record to survive the 1932 Games.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA George Kojac
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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