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Pär Arvidsson

Full name: Pär Johan Arvidsson
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: February 27, 1960 in Risinge, Finspång, Östergötland, Sweden
Affiliations: Finspångs SK, Finspång (SWE) / SK Korrugal, Finspång (SWE) / California Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
Country: SWE Sweden
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

After breaking the world record with 54.15 in the 100 butterfly three months before the 1980 Olympics, Pär Arvidsson was favored for butterfly golds at Moskva. But at the Olympics, there were rumors that Arvidsson was stuck by a virus and was not in form, which seemed to be true in the first butterfly event, the 200, where he finished only seventh. Arvidsson recovered enough to win 100 fly gold three days later, although only 0.02 seconds ahead of second placed East German [Roger Pyttel].

Besides his Olympic gold, Arvidsson also won 100 butterfly bronze at the 1978 World Championships, 100 butterfly silvers at the 1977 and 1981 European Championships, medley relay silver at the 1981 European Championships and 200 butterfly bronze at the 1977 European Championships. He also won 22 Swedish titles between 1976-83.

After graduating from U Cal Berkeley with an economics degree, Arvidsson received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1985. After graduation he worked with McKinsey & Co, before becoming a well-known businessman and entrepreneur in the Bay Area. In 1990, Arvidsson was a co-founder and investor in Bare Escentuals, where he was active in a wide range of capacities including CFO and interim CEO. He was also a co-founder and managing director at GameChange, LLC (now GameChange.com) and founder of SB2. Arvidsson served as chairman of Private Brands, Inc, and a director of multiple companies. He eventually became the founder, managing director and CEO at Snowshoe Capital, LLC, also serving as CEO of WCities International, Inc.

Personal Bests: 100 m butterfly – 54.15 (1980); 200 m butterfly – 2:00.42 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Sweden SWE 7
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Men's 100 metres Butterfly Sweden SWE 7 h1 r2/3
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly Sweden SWE 3 h6 r1/2
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Men's 100 metres Butterfly Sweden SWE 1 Gold
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly Sweden SWE 7

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Sweden SWE Final 7 1:55.84 1:55.84 8
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Sweden SWE Round One Heat Three 2 1:56.35 1:56.35 4

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat One 7 56.93 27.07 8 29.86 (5)
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Sweden Round One Heat One 3 Q 57.17 26.92 3 30.25 (1)
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Sweden Final 1 54.92 25.86 3 29.06 (3)
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Sweden Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 55.05 26.29 3 28.76 (1)
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Five 1 Q 55.18 26.25 2 28.93 (1)

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1976 Summer 16 Montréal Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Six 3 2:03.79 28.38 3 59.23 3 1:31.18 3 30.85 (3) 31.95 (4) 32.61 (4)
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Sweden Final 7 2:02.61 27.65 3 58.54 4 1:30.14 5 30.89 (3) 31.60 (6) 32.47 (7)
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Swimming Sweden Round One Heat Three 2 Q 2:03.14 28.03 =2 59.17 3 1:30.96 2 31.14 (3) 31.79 (2) 32.18 (2)
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