I have to confess that I found the "greatest swimmer of all time" thread a bit
tiresome after a while. So, at the risk of starting *another* boring thread,
I'd like to find out who y'all think is/are the greatest swimmer(s) of all
time who never won an individual Olympic Gold medal.
There are lots of possible contenders. There are also lots of reasons why
these contenders never won a gold. No need to limit ourselves here.
To prime the pump, I'll nominate one male and one female. Shirley Babashoff
is my female nominee. She didn't get much consideration in the "greatest
swimmer of all time" thread, but if she had been swimming against "clean" East
German swimmers we may well have considered her the female equivalent of Mark
Spitz, Johnny Weismuller [sp?], etc. (It's interesting to note, though, that
Kornelia Ender--Babashoff's nemesis at the 76 Olympics--didn't get much
support in "greatest swimmer of all time" thread.)
With all due respect to Jonty Skinner, I nominate Joe Bottom as the greatest
male swimmer to never win an individual Olympic gold medal. Joe suffered from
terminally bad timing. The 50 meter freestyle, which he would have dominated,
was not yet an Olympic event. Skinner and John Montgomery had his number in
the 100 meter race. In the 100 fly, Bottom was beaten by Matt Vogel in the
Olympic finals--Vogel certainly among the most obscure Olympic swimming
There you have it. Let the hard-luck nominations begin.
Chapel Hill, NC