John Naber and Gary Hall

Recorded November 1, 2019 Archived November 1, 2019 48:32 minutes
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John Naber (63) speaks with his friend Gary W. Hall Sr. (68) about their shared experiences as Olympic swimmers while telling stories of races they've won or lost, and paint a picture of the Olympics in 1968, 1972, and 1976.

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G.H. talks about his experience being the flag bearer chosen by his teammates during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
G.H. tells the story of when his son Gary Hall Jr. was photographed carrying a small U.S. flag during the Olympic opening ceremony and was placed on the front page of a newspaper.
G.H. reflects on his son, Gary Hall Jr. being an Olympic athlete who won 10 medals.
G.H. remembers and reflects on his relationship with Mark Spitz and he remembers the emotional vulnerability with which Spitz would enter into his races.
G.H. & J.N. remember the East Germany doping scandal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
G.H. talks about the changes he's perceived in the Olympic games since his tenure as an athlete, he says that when he was competing in the games, he couldn't make a living from swimming alone.
G.H. remembers losing a game and reflects on the negative headspace that athletes can engage in while competing.
J.N. talks about how he became an Olympic athlete, he reflects on discovering his love for swimming.
J.N. reflects on what it felt like to represent the U.S. at the Olympic games, he says "you only get to represent your country if you're an astronaut, a soldier, or an Olympian."
G.H. tells the story of how he defeated Roland Matthes in the 1972 Olympic games.


  • Gary Hall

Recording Locations

The Broadmoor

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