|Full name George Thomas Breen|
National team United States
Height 1.83 m
Weight 83 kg
Name George Breen
Strokes Freestyle swimming
|Born July 19, 1935 (age 80) (1935-07-19) Buffalo, New York|
Club Indianapolis Athletic Club
College team Cortland State University
Education State University of New York at Cortland
Olympic medals Swimming at the 1956 Summer Olympics – Men's 400 metre freestyle
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George Thomas Breen (born July 19, 1935) is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in three events. After retiring as a swimmer, he became a coach at Jersey Wahoos Swim Club in New Jersey.
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Breen was born in Buffalo, New York. He was a champion rower for Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, and the West Side Rowing Club. He began swimming competitively as a 17-year-old freshman at Cortland State University under coach Doc Counsilman, almost a decade later than most of his future rivals.
Breen represented the United States at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. As a member of the second-place U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Breen earned a silver medal, together with Dick Hanley, Bill Woolsey and Ford Konno. He also took bronze medals in the 400-meter freestyle (4:32.5) and men's 1,500-meter freestyle (18:08.2) – after setting a new world record of 17:52.9 in the qualifying heats of the 1,500.
At the 1959 Pan American Games, he won a gold medal for his first-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle and a silver as the runner-up in the 1500-meter freestyle. He was elected team captain of the U.S. men for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, and earned another bronze medal while competing in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle (17:55.9).
Breen coached the Penn Quakers men's swimming team at the University of Pennsylvania from the late 1966 until 1982, and served as a coach for U.S. Swimming. He formerly coached for Gloucester County Institute of Technology (Deptford, New Jersey) swim team (now separate from the school, it is known as the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club) and coaches now at the Jersey Wahoos Swim Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. In recent years he was diagnosed with bone cancer of his right middle finger and had to have it amputated.