Norman Ross

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3-time Olympic gold medalist Norman Ross
Norman Ross (born 1896-1953) was an American swimmer who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1984 as an Honour Swimmer. He won 3 gold medals in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics and set 13 world records and won 18 United States national championships. For these exploits, he was also honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967.

Born in Portland in 1896, Ross matured as a swimmer at the Multnomah Athletic Club under coach Jack Cody. Following a career at Stanford University, Ross qualified for the 1920 Olympics and won the 400m freestyle, the 1500m freestyle and anchored the winning 4x200m relay team (where he was teammates of Duke Kahanamoku). The swimming competition took place in an open canal and without lane markings.

Known by his nicknameBig Moose”, Ross also entered the 1927 Wrigley Ocean Marathon from Catalina Island to the California mainland and the 33.7K (21-mile) Canadian National Exhibition races in 1927 and 1928.

1920 Antwerp Olympics Swimming

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