#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

February 04, 2014 | Luke Jones

9. Brad Schumacher, swimming and water polo

The Bowie native is a unique entry on the list as he competed in two different editions of the Summer Games in two different sports. Schumacher won two gold medals in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta competing in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle relays.

Four years later, Schumacher qualified to compete in both swimming and water polo in Sydney but elected to compete solely on the men’s water polo team, helping the United States to a sixth-place finish. Schumacher was the first American world champion in swimming and water polo since 1904, making him an easy choice to appear in the list of greatest local Olympic sport athletes.


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