Full name: George W. Van Cleaf
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: October 8, 1879 in Northfield, New York, United States
Died: January 6, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: United States
Sport: Swimming, Water Polo
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
George Van Cleaf competed in swimming and water polo at the 1904 Olympics. Van Cleaf was a New York native who first represented the Knickerbocker AC. When that club was disbanded Van Cleaf joined the New York AC. He swam in the tank at the NYAC, but also did a lot of ocean swimming at Bath Beach, near where he lived. Van Cleaf was known to swim in early spring as soon as ice had cleared the water.
Like many of the 1904 water poloists, who competed in the pond that was also used for the Livestock Exhibition of the 1904 Worldâs Fair, Van Cleaf died of typhoid fever only a few months after the Olympics. His obituaries noted that he had won âover 200â trophies in swimming contests.
|1904 Summer||24||St. Louis||Water Polo||Men's Water Polo||New York Athletic Club-1||USA||1||Gold|
|1904 Summer||24||St. Louis||Swimming||Men's 4 Ã 50 Yard Freestyle Relay||New York Athletic Club #2-4||USA||4|
|1904 Summer||24||St. Louis||Water Polo||New York Athletic Club-1||USA||Final Round||Match 1/2||1||1904-09-06||New York Athletic Club-1 6, Chicago Athletic Association-2 0||0|
|1904 Summer||24||St. Louis||Water Polo||New York Athletic Club-1||USA||Semi-Finals||Match #1||1||1904-09-05||New York Athletic Club-1 5, Missouri Athletic Club-3 0||0|
|1904 Summer||24||St. Louis||Swimming||New York Athletic Club #2-4||USA||Final Standings||4|