William Yorzyk

William Yorzyk

William Yorzyk
Personal information
Full name William Albert Yorzyk, Jr.
Nickname(s) "Bill"
Nationality United States
Born (1933-05-29) May 29, 1933
Northampton, Massachusetts
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
Club New Haven Swim Club
College team Springfield College

William Albert Yorzyk, Jr. (born May 29, 1933) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Yorzyk represented the United States at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.[1] He was the first swimmer to win the gold medal in the new men's 200-meter butterfly event, finishing with a time of 2:19.3 in the final.[1][2]

Yorzyk continued to swim competitively while he attended medical school at the University of Toronto. He won the U.S. AAU indoor championship in the 220-yard butterfly in 1958. He was awarded the university's Bickle Prize as its outstanding student-athlete in 1958 and 1959.[3]

Yorzyk was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1971.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Bill Yorzyk. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games, Men's 200 metres Butterfly Final. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. ^ a b International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, William Yorzyk (USA). Retrieved March 21, 2013.

External links

  • Bill Yorzyk – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • William Yorzyk (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame