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Jeff Float

Full name: Jeffrey James "Jeff" Float
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: April 10, 1960 in Buffalo, New York, United States
Affiliations: Arden Hills Swim Club, Sacramento (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Jeff Float was a mid-distance freestyler who won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in the 4x200 freestyle relay. He also won gold in that event at the 1982 World Championships in Guayaquil. In 1978 Float won a silver medal in the 400 metre freestyle at the World Championships in Berlin. Float competed for Southern Cal, graduating with a degree in psychology.

Float was almost completely deaf, with only 10% hearing in his left ear and 35% hearing in his right ear, the result of viral meningitis when he was an infant. In 1977 Float won 10 gold medals in 10 events at the World Games for the Deaf. Through the 2012 Olympic Float is the only deaf Olympic Champion in swimming.

Float later became a swim coach, working for Spare Time, Inc., and serving as aquatics director at Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, California, where he coaches the Gold River Stingrays. He also coached Spare Time Aquatics Sacramento (STAS), and worked as a motivational speaker.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle United States USA 4
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Swimming United States Final 4 1:50.18 26.30 5 54.21 4 1:22.23 3 27.91 (2) 28.02 (4) 27.95 (=4)
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 Q 1:50.95 26.47 3 54.49 1 1:22.72 1 28.02 (1) 28.23 (1) 28.23 (3)

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Swimming United States USA Final 1 1:49.60 5:27.28 1
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