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John Naber

Olympic Gold Medalist and Author of The Olympian Within
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    At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, John Naber captured four Gold Medals, one Silver Medal and broke four World Records. His World Records in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke lasted an amazing seven years after his retirement.

    One of today's top motivational speakers, Olympic Gold Medallist John Naber is also one of America's leading television analysts, commentators, and hosts, providing viewers with unique and entertaining perspectives on the "behind-the-scenes" stories of today's most exciting athletes. He is the author of Eureka! How Innovation Changes the Olympics and Everything Else, Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America's Greatest Olympic Motivators and In Search of Gold. He was also a contributing author to The Power of Character. He has covered six Olympics including the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and has served as the play-by-play host on ABC's Wide World of Sports.

    As a speaker, he shows audiences how goal setting, persistence, and attitude can make a major difference in realizing one's dreams. During his athletic career he won 25 National AAU titles, and set a record by winning 10 NCAA individual titles (in 12 swims) while leading his team to four undefeated seasons; in 1977, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as our Nation's Outstanding Amateur Athlete. In 1984, John carried the Olympic Flag into the opening Ceremonies of the Los Angeles Games, and he was elected into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. In December 2003, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University.

    In a recent nationwide USA Today contest, he was elected as the male co-captain of the 100 Golden Olympians, an all-star group of many of America's most famous Olympic champions, including Bruce Jenner, Magic Johnson, Mark Spitz, and Muhammad Ali. The Sydney Olympics marked his seventh Olympic broadcast. He worked as a sports commentator at six Olympic Games: Los Angeles in 1984; Seoul, South Korea in 1988; Albertville, France in 1992; Lillehammer; Norway in 1994, Atlanta in 1996 and Nagano in 1998. John Naber is very much in demand as a television analyst, commentator and host. He currently works with ABC Sports and has served as play-by-play host on ABC's Wide World of Sports for events such as the Grand National Steeplechase in Aintree, England, the World Gymnastics Championship in Paris, and the famous Hannenkahm Downhill Race from Kitzbuhl, Austria. He also works with national cable companies like ESPN, PRIME, and Turner Broadcasting.

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