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Full name  Richard John Carey
Strokes  Backstroke
Height  1.83 m
Sport  Swimming
Role  Swimmer

National team  United States
Name  Rick Carey
Nickname(s)  "Rick"
Club  Badger Swim Club
Weight  82 kg
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Born  March 13, 1963 (age 52) (1963-03-13) Mount Kisco, New York
Education  University of Texas at Austin
College team  Texas Longhorns swimming and diving
Olympic medals  Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke
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1993 swimming hall of fame induction bio rick carey

Richard John Carey (born March 13, 1963) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events. Carey specialized in the backstroke. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he won three gold medals. He broke nine world records, five individually, and also was a double world champion. He was named as the Swimmer of the Year in 1983 by Swimming World magazine.


Rick Carey 1983 NCCA Swimming Championships 100 Backstroke Rick Carey and Clay

1983 ncca swimming championships 100 backstroke rick carey and clay britt


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Carey was selected to make his international debut at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, but had to withdraw when the United States boycotted the Olympics at Jimmy Carter's insistence due to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. In 1981 Carey was the American champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke, setting a national record in the latter, after moving to the University of Texas at Austin to train under coach Eddie Reese. In 1982 he collected gold in the 200-meter backstroke and 4×100-meter medley relay, and silver in the 100-meter backstroke at the World Championships in Guayaguil, Ecuador.

Rick Carey Rick Carey on Wonderama circa 1981 YouTube

In 1983, Carey set world records of 55.38 seconds in the 100-meter and 1:58.93 in the 200-meter backstroke, breaking marks set in 1976 by John Naber. At the 1983 Pan American Games that year in Caracas, Venezuela, he lowered the 100-meter record to 55.19 seconds and he also won the 200-meter event. He also broke the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay, along with Steve Lundquist, Matt Gribble and Rowdy Gaines, all of whom were world record-holders in their respective strokes. This earned him the Swimmer of the Year award.

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At the 1984 Summer Olympics, he won both backstroke events and again was part of the winning medley relay team. Carey created a minor controversy after his victory in the 200-meter backstroke, when despite winning Olympic gold, he appeared noticeably unhappy about having failed to break his own world record time. He later apologized and responded much more positively to his 100-meter win, despite the fact that it too fell short of his own world record. He continued to win events at a national level thereafter, retiring in 1986.

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According to his Linked-In profile, Carey now works for JPMorgan Chase in New York City.

Rick Carey 1985 US Swimming LC Nationals Mens 100 back Rick Carey YouTube

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1993.


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