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Chris Jacobs

Full name: Christopher Charles "Chris" Jacobs
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: September 25, 1964
Affiliations: Newark Academy, Livingston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Chris Jacobs was a freestyle sprinter who won two gold medals with US relay teams at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, adding a silver medal in the 100 metre freestyle. On the 4x100 freestyle and 4x100 medley relays, Jacobs was part of world record swims in the finals. He also won a gold medal at the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships in the 4x100 freestyle relay. Jacobs swam in college at the University of Texas.

But the path was never that easy for Jacobs to succeed in international swimming. He began using drugs and drinking alcohol when he was only 12-years-old. He started with marijuana, but then moved to cocaine, LSD, and downers. Shortly after arriving in Austin for college, he met with a cocaine dealer, and Jacobs tended bar at night to earn money for drugs. He went through rehab in Austin, but it was not successful, and at one time, Jacobs bought a gun, went into a closet, put the gun to his mouth, cocked the trigger, and threatened suicide.

His college coach, Eddie Reese, eventually learned of his habit, and called his parents. Jacobs’ father arrived the next day and took him home, where he placed in the Fair Oaks Hospital in Summitt, New Jersey, near their home, where Jacobs spent eight months in inpatient rehab. This time, it worked, and a sober Jacobs returned to Austin, where he returned to the swim team, continued in outpatient rehab, and eventually went on to win Olympic gold medals.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States Final 2 49.08 23.76 3 25.32 (1)
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States Round One Heat Eight 1 Q/OR 49.20 23.90 1 25.30 (1)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States USA Final 1 49.63 49.63 1

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States USA Final 1 48.35 3:36.93 1
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