Winners: Alex Baumann, Swimming
1984 - Feature Story
Someone had to do something extraordinary to supplant Wayne Gretzky and his Stanley Cup win to take top male athlete honours in 1984. Lanky Sudbury swimmer Alex Baumann proved more than up to the task. In 1981, the then 17-year-old Baumann set a world record in the 200m individual medley. Three years later, despite nagging shoulder problems, Baumann arrived at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles as a world record holder and Gold medal contender in both the 200m and 400m individual medleys. He led the Canadian team as the Opening Ceremony flag bearer, and also proved a great leader in the pool. Baumann rewrote his world record in the 400m individual medley, becoming the first Canadian to win an Olympic Gold medal in swimming since George Hodgson at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. He then broke his world record in the 200m individual medley for a second Gold medal. Baumann was later proclaimed Male Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine.
- 1986 Silver medal in the 200m IM and Bronze medal in the 400m IM at the World Championships in Madrid, Spain
- 1984 Gold medal in the 200m IM and 400m IM at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles
- 1984 Lionel Conacher Award (Canada’s male athlete of the year)
- 1983 Two Gold medals, one Silver medal, and three Bronze medals at the World University Games in Edmonton
- 1982 Gold medal, 200m IM and 400m IM at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia
Alex Baumann celebrating his Gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Collection: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
Alex Baumann wearing his swimming cap and goggles.
Collection: Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame