Wally Ris

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter Stephen "Wally"•Ris
Used nameWally•Ris
Born4 January 1924 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died25 December 1989 in Mission Viejo, California (USA)
AffiliationsIowa Hawkeyes, Iowa City (USA)
NOC United States


Walt Ris was a member of the Great Lakes Navy team which set a world record for the 400y freestyle relay during the war. After the war he entered the University of Iowa, winning the AAU outdoor 100m freestyle and the NCAA 100y freestyle titles in both 1947 and 1948. His most successful meet was the AAU indoor championships where he won the 100y freestyle for five straight years from 1945.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Wally Ris
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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