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Steve Pickell

Full name: Stephen "Steve" Pickell
Gender: Male
Born: August 11, 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Pacific Dolphins, Vancouver (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Steve Pickell took up swimming at the age of eight and became seriously invested in the sport upon watching the 1968 Summer Olympics and witnessing Elaine Tanner's medal-winning feats. He joined the national team five years later and made his debut at the 1973 World Championships. His first major international medals came a year later, at the Commonwealth Games, when he won gold as a member of the 4×100 metre medley relay, alongside Bill Mahony, Brian Phillips, and Bruce Robertson, and silver in the 100 metre backstroke, behind Mark Tonelli of Australia. He attended the 1975 World Championships and, by the time of the 1976 Summer Olympics, had set three national and two Commonwealth records. At the Games he captured silver in the 4×100 m medley relay with Robertson, Clay Evans, Gary MacDonald, and Graham Smith. One day prior, however, he had caused the Canadians (Steve Badger, James Hett, and Bill Sawchuk) to be disqualified from the 4×200 m freestyle relay due to a false start. He was also eliminated in the semifinals of the 100 m backstroke, butterfly, and freestyle events.

Pickell entered the University of Southern California on an athletic scholarship after the Games, but continued to compete internationally for Canada. He missed the 1978 Commonwealth Games due to a shoulder injury sustained while playing water polo for USC, but did make it to the 1979 Pan American Games, where he took silver in the 4×100 m medley relay (alongside Sawchuk, Smith, and the non-Olympian Dan Thompson) and bronze in the 100 m backstroke. He was selected to represent his nation again at the 1980 Summer Olympics, but stayed home when Canada joined the boycott of those Games. Nagging injuries caused him to retire soon after and, since his graduation from USC, he has worked in insurance and coached at the high school and club levels.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Canada CAN 6 h1 r2/3
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Canada CAN AC h3 r1/2 DQ
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke Canada CAN 5 h1 r2/3
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Butterfly Canada CAN 6 h1 r2/3
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 6 52.89
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada Round One Heat Two 2 QU 52.65

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada CAN Round One Heat Three AC DQ

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 5 58.21
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada Round One Heat Two 3 QU 59.65

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 6 56.66
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada Round One Heat Five 3 QU 56.59

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada CAN Final 2 3:45.94 57.58 57.58
1976 Summer 18 Montréal Swimming Canada CAN Round One Heat One 1 QU 3:50.61 58.25 58.25
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