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Stephen Ruddy

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameStephen A.•Ruddy, Jr.
Used nameStephen•Ruddy
Born7 May 1901 in New York, New York (USA)
Died1 January 1964 in New York, New York (USA)
Measurements177 cm
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Stephen Ruddy was from a famous swimming family. He swam and played water polo, helping the New York AC to win the US Championship in 1922, 1929, and 1931. Ruddy won numerous Metropolitan swimming championships. He was a governor of the New York AC from 1938-1942. He served with the Navy in both World Wars, and also served as a commander of the NYAC American Legion Post. Ruddy’s cousin Ray Ruddy swam at the 1928 Olympics and played water polo at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, while his uncle, Joe Ruddy, swam and played water polo at the 1904 Olympics.

Six weeks before the Antwerp Games, Ruddy was a passenger in a taxi returning to Manhattan when it collided with a pillar in Long Island City. This accident claimed the life of American record holder Arthur McAleenan, a 1912 Olympian, who was due to join Ruddy as part of the US Swimming team to the 1920 Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Stephen Ruddy
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 4 h3 r1/3
400 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 3 h4 r1/3

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