Melvin Stewart

Melvin Monroe Stewart Jr. (born November 16, 1968) is an American swimming promoter, former competition swimmer and world record-holder who won two gold medals and one bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Stewart is the co-founder and publisher of the swimming news website, SwimSwam, and a producer-director of commercials through his company, Gold Medal Media, LLC.

Melvin Stewart
Melvin Stewart 2009.jpg
Stewart in 2009
Personal information
Full nameMelvin Monroe Stewart Jr.
Nickname(s)"Mel"
National teamUnited States
Born (1968-11-16) November 16, 1968 (age 53)
Gastonia, North Carolina[1]
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight183 lb (83 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
College teamUniversity of Tennessee[1]
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 4×100 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona 4×200 m freestyle
World Championships (LC)
Gold medal – first place 1991 Perth 200 m butterfly
Silver medal – second place 1991 Perth 4×200 m freestyle
Pan Pacific Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Brisbane 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1989 Tokyo 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1989 Tokyo 4×200 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1991 Edmonton 200 m butterfly
Goodwill Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Moscow 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1990 Seattle 200 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1994 St. Petersburg 200 m butterfly

Early life and educationEdit

Stewart was born in Gastonia, North Carolina and raised in Fort Mill, South Carolina. [1][2] He began swimming competitively at the Johnston Memorial YMCA in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2]

He attended Fort Mill High School until partway through his junior, third, year at the school. That year he switched high schools to Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania after a sponsor came forward to pay Stewart's tuition expenses.[1]

Collegiately, he competed for the University of Tennessee.[1]

CareerEdit

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, Stewart placed fifth in the men's 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:59.19.[3] The 1988 Olympics were the first Olympic Games Stewart competed in, qualifying for the event when he was 20 years old.[2]

Following Seoul, Stewart began dominating the event. At the 1987, 1989, and 1991 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Stewart won gold in the 200-meter butterfly. At the 1991 World Championships in Perth, Stewart won gold in the 200-meter butterfly, and set the world record with a time of 1:55.69.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Stewart won the 200-meter butterfly in an Olympic record time of 1:56.26.[4] Stewart also won gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay by swimming in the prelims, and a bronze in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[5][6]

When Stewart did not qualify for the 1996 Summer Olympics at the US Olympic Trials, he decided to still attend the Olympic Games, this time as an analyst for ABC instead of as a swimmer. After the 1996 Summer Olympics, Stewart hosted a season of a television show entitled "American Outback" on ESPN. He spent the next decade doing contract work writing screenplays after declining additional work on the ESPN show.[2]

In 2006, Stewart joined a team launching a new swimming news website through USA Swimming named SwimNetwork.com. His focus was bringing people to the website and managing the online flow of traffic for the website. Two years later he began serving an ambassador to the United States Swimming Foundation, where one of his focuses since 2008 has been managing alumni of the US national team.[7]

By 2010, Stewart had melded his communication skills and broad network, helping to expand the offerings of SwimNetwork.com by contributing in the areas of blogging and hosting an interview show.[2] Not long after, USA Swimming shut SwimNetwork.com down and Stewart decided to take the skills and experience he had accumulated through working for the website into a new joint venture of his own.[7]

In October 2011, Stewart and a team of co-founders including his wife Tiffany, Braden Keith, Gary Hall Jr., Garrett McCaffrey, and Rich Roll pulled together to found the swimming news website SwimSwam. The website was launched on March 7, 2012 and a print magazine followed four years later in 2016.[8][9]

PersonalEdit

Stewart and his wife Tiffany moved to Austin, Texas in 2009, they had been living in California before the move.[8] A business Stewart co-founded, SwimSwam, was headquartered in Austin in part because he and his wife lived there.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Noden, Merrell (July 6, 1992). "Great Expectations: Melvin Stewart's Journey From the World of the PTL Ministry to his Life as the World's Best Butterflyer Has Been Well, Dickensian". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Where Are They Now?: Mel Stewart". Charlotte Magazine. July 20, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games, Men's 200 metres Butterfly Final Standings. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, Men's 200 metres Butterfly Final Standings. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Final Standings. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final Standings. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos (June 4, 2019). "Meet Mel Stewart: Olympic gold medalist, Co-founder of SwimSwam (Includes interview)". DigitalJournal.com. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Website launch goes swimmingly". Statesman. September 24, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "SwimSwam: From A Website To A Printed Magazine – The New Publication That Proves Adding A High-Quality Print Component to Your Brand's Identity Is Always A "Swimmingly" Good Idea – The Mr. Magazine™ Interview With Braden Keith, Editor In Chief, SwimSwam Magazine". mrmagazine.wordpress.com. October 24, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2021.

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Records
Preceded by Men's 200-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

January 12, 1991 – June 14, 1995
Succeeded by