Maybe it’s fate, or maybe it’s really a lucky name. Maybe the athletic gods got together and decided to give those with the name Jim Montgomery special talents.
When you type in Jim Montgomery on Google, many big names pop up. Surprisingly, they all seem to be successful athletes. There’s the Jim Montgomery ice hockey star. There is a famous soccer player with the name. There is the Jim Montgomery football player, and, of course, there is the Jim Montgomery who rose to fame beginning right here in Indiana.
Jim Montgomery is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1986 as well as the IU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Montgomery was the first man to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle.
Not surprisingly, “our” Montgomery swam under Doc Counsilman during his time at IU, with the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games taking place between his junior and senior years. After his retirement from college and USA swimming Jim went on to win 14 Masters World Championships from 1986 to 2002.
Today, Montgomery coaches varsity swimming at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. He is also the owner and founder of the Dallas Masters club team and in 2002 was named USMS Coach of the Year. He also offers swim workshops, seminars, instructions and public speaking.
If you would like to learn to swim with Jim Montgomery, or even just catch a bigger glimpse into what he’s doing today, check out his website here at http://www.jimmontgomeryswim.com/.
Montgomery also published a book titled “Mastering Swimming” which you can order offline from his website. He currently gives speeches, seminars and workshops covering everything from adult swimming to learning to train your child for the Olympics.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to take Montgomery’s swimming quiz to see if you know as much as this Hoosier pro!