Charles Daniels (swimmer)

Charles Meldrum Daniels (March 24, 1885 – August 9, 1973) was an American competition swimmer, eight-time Olympic medalist, and world record-holder in two freestyle swimming events. Daniels was an innovator of the front crawl swimming style, inventing the "American crawl".[1]

Charles Daniels
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Personal information
Full nameCharles Meldrum Daniels
National teamUnited States
Born(1885-03-24)March 24, 1885
Dayton, Ohio
DiedAugust 9, 1973(1973-08-09) (aged 88)
Carmel Valley Village, California
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Spouse(s)Florence Goodyear Daniels
ClubNew York Athletic Club
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 220 yd freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 440 yd freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1904 St. Louis 4x50 yd freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1908 London 100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1904 St. Louis 100 yd freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 1904 St. Louis 50 yd freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 1908 London 4x200 m freestyle
Intercalated Games
Gold medal – first place 1906 Athens 100 m freestyle

Daniels began his swimming career with the New York Athletic Club in 1903. At the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Daniels became the first American to win an Olympic medal, winning gold medals in both the 220- and 440-yard freestyle races.[1] Four years later, at the 1908 Olympics in London, Daniels won gold in the 100-meter freestyle.[2]

Daniels was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1965.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Colwin, Cecil (February 2002). Breakthrough Swimming. Human Kinetics. p. 18. ISBN 0-7360-3777-2.
  2. ^ "Charles Daniels". Olympedia. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Charles Daniels (USA). Retrieved March 15, 2015.

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