Olympic Gold & Silver


Jason Lezak

Jason with coaches

Gold and Silver Medals

Goofy Picture with coaches

Olympic Trial Page

Jason Lezak:

Gold Medalist in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay
Silver Medalist in the 4 x 100 Free Relay

'Relay' confident
At the 2000 Olympic Trials, Jason Lezak finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle, clocking a personal-best time of 49.15. By finishing among the top six, Lezak earned a spot as the 3rd leg on the American 4x100 free relay in Sydney where he won a silver medal. He also swam on the preliminary 4 x 100 Medley Relay which gave him a gold medal as well. At the 1999 Pan American Championships, contested at the Olympic pool in Sydney, Lezak swam in the American 4x100 free relay that finished second behind the Australians.

Laid-back approach
At age 5, Lezak joined the Irvine (Calif.) Novaquatics swim team and has never left. He first qualified for nationals his senior year in high school, but instead decided to go water-skiing and gambling near Las Vegas with friends. Dave Salo, who uses a unique training method that emphasizes quality over quantity, coaches Lezak at Irvine. Lezak likes Salo’s philosophy that concentrates on fast-twitch muscles, because as a sprinter, he does not see the need to swim thousands of meters each day. At the University of California-Santa Barbara, Lezak followed the training program most U.S. coaches use -- he swam a lot of distance. He did not like it as much as Salo’s program, so during his last school year, he practiced on his own using Salo’s workouts. Lezak graduated in 1999 with a degree in business/economics.