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Jam Handy

Full name: Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy
Gender: Male
Born: March 6, 1886 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 13, 1983 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: Michigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA) / Chicaco Central YMCA, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Jam Handy won the AAU long distance swim for three years straight from 1907, but after a considerable interval, he began a second sporting career and made the 1924 Olympic team as an alternate on the water polo squad. Handy competed for the Chicago AA and the Illinois AQ working for The Chicago Tribune, he was forced to do most of his training at 3:00 AM, after the newspaper had been put to bed. Handy was an innovative swimmer and would have won more championships had all his ideas stood the test of competition. However, in many fields he was years ahead of his time; he was, for example, the first to use the alternate arm style in the backstroke. He also pioneered underwater photography for stroke analysis and in his later years, he set up the Jam Handy Corporation, which specialized in motivational training. He was the last surviving medalist of the 1904 Olympic Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 18 St. Louis Swimming Men's 880 yard Freestyle United States USA 6
1904 Summer 18 St. Louis Swimming Men's 440 Yard Breaststroke United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 880 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 18 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 6

Men's 440 Yard Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 18 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 3
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