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Bill Yorzyk

Full name: William Albert "Bill" Yorzyk, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: May 29, 1933 in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: New Haven Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Bill Yorzyk was the first Olympic champion in a butterfly event, setting a world record in the heats and final of the 200 m fly at Melbourne. He was a fine all-round swimmer and won AAU titles in the fly and IM, as well as a gold medal in the 4×200 metre freestyle relay (with [Jimmy McLane], [Wayne Moore], and the non-Olympian Martin P. Smith) and a silver medal in 200 m butterfly at the 1955 Pan American Games. After graduating from Springfield College, Yorzyk attended medical school at the University of Toronto and won the university's Bickler Prize as the top scholar-athlete in 1958 and 1959. He became an anesthesiologist, later serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force medical corps and as an associate physician to the U.S. Olympic team in 1964.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 1 2:19.3
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 Q/OR 2:18.6
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