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Michael (Mike) Francis Troy

Swimmer Mike Troy

Michael ("Mike") Francis Troy (born October 3, 1940 at Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) is a retired American butterfly swimmer. He broke the 200m butterfly swimming world record for five consecutive times before it was taken over by fellow American swimmer Carl Robie in 1961.

Michael Troy holds a double Olympic gold, and is an NCAA and an AAU Champion. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, as well as the Indiana University Hall of Fame, and the Helms Arco Hall of Fame.

As a swimmer

Michael Troy started swimming competitively at the age of twelve. He enrolled in the Indianapolis park district program but joined the Indianapolis AC before enrolling at Indiana University. He was affiliated with the Indianapolis Athletic Club.

Mike won a gold medal at the 1959 Pan American Games in the 4x100m Medley category and a silver medal for completing the 200m butterfly event in 2:18.3m missing the gold to Dave Gillanders by 0:0.3m.

On July 11, 1959, Mike broke his own, earlier in the day set first official world record (2:19.0) in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) at a meet in Los Altos, California, clocking 2:16.4.

The next year, he was at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome swimming for Team USA. Troy won two gold medals at the event and made America proud. His first medal came in the 200m butterfly event when he finished in 2:12.8m (Round one: 2:15.5 QU/OR; Semi-finals: 2:18.0 QU). His 1959 Pan American Games rival Gillanders got placed at the third spot. His second medal came in the 4x200m freestyle relay event when he teamed with Richard Blick, Jeffrey Farrell and George Harrison.

Mike is featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated August 1, 1960 (Volume 13, Issue 5)

Mike won two AAU outdoor tournaments.

In the US Navy

With a college degree in hand, he became a naval officer and attended BUD/S, or Navy Underwater Demolition/SEALs. He was decorated and was presented the Silver Star award for his distinguished and heroic service in Vietnam. After serving the Navy, Mike worked as a real estate broker in California.

As a swim coach

After his active career as a swimmer, Mike turned into a swim coach. He started the Gold Medal Swim School in 1995 at Chandler, Arizona. Later in the Spring of 2006, he partnered with two time Olympic coach Mike Walker to form the NEW Gold Medal Swim School and opened the current location at 6909 West Ray Road #27 Chandler. He is credited for developing many age group, junior, and senior champions. Over fifty of kids trained by him have been on national and international teams, including four swimmers who made it to the Summer Olympics.

Mike served as Chairman of the International Section of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and as vice-president of the American Swimming Coaches Association. As the National Director of the USA Paralympic Swimming Team he accompanied the team to Athens, Greece in September 2004, where the team won numerous medals. He was recently named the 2004 National Teacher of the Year from the United States Swim School Association (USSSA).


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