Nelson Diebel
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1970-11-09) November 9, 1970
Hinsdale, Illinois
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke
College team Princeton University

Nelson W. Diebel (born November 9, 1970) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Diebel won two gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. First, he won the men's 100-meter breaststroke, setting a new Olympic record of 1:01.50 in the event final. Afterward, he swam the breaststroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay, together with fellow Americans Jeff Rouse (backstroke), Pablo Morales (butterfly) and Jon Olsen (freestyle). In the event final, the four Americans matched the world record of 3:36.93 set by the U.S. team at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Diebel attended the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.[1] He enrolled in Princeton University, where he swam for the Princeton Tigers swim team under coach C. Rob Orr.[2]

See also


  1. ^ " Star Swimmers," Time (July 27, 1992). Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bio"

External links

  • Nelson Diebel – Olympic athlete profile at