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Wally Ris

1924 - 1989

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Walter Steven Ris (January 4, 1924 – December 25, 1989) was an American competition swimmer, two-time Olympic champion, and world record-holder. Ris won two gold medals at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England. He received his first gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and set a new world record of 8:46.0 with American teammates Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf, and Bill Smith.At the US Olympic trials of the 1948 4x200-meter freestyle relay, several swimmers who had already qualified in other events slowed down in their heats or swam fast in the prelims and scratched themselves for the final to allow more swimmers to qualify for the US Olympic Team.Ultimately, coach Robert Kiphuth did hold a time trial shortly after the actual trials with eleven of the swimmers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wally Ris has received more than 23,692 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia. Wally Ris is the 78th most popular swimmer (down from 57th in 2019), the 10,496th most popular biography from United States (down from 8,806th in 2019) and the 27th most popular American Swimmer.

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Among swimmers, Wally Ris ranks 78 out of 392Before her are Ada Kok, Adelaide Lambert, Jack Medica, Katinka Hosszú, Joan Harrison, and Krisztina Egerszegi. After her are Felipe Muñoz, Anthony Nesty, Fanny Durack, Gunnar Larsson, Andrea Pollack, and Jim Montgomery.

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Among people born in 1924, Wally Ris ranks 414Before her are Terry Southern, William H. Webster, Jeremiah Denton, Frank Church, Mohamed M. Atalla, and Wendell Ford. After her are Arvo Viitanen, Ragnar Lundberg, Matti Kassila, Lucky Thompson, Louie Bellson, and Nikolai Sologubov. Among people deceased in 1989, Wally Ris ranks 262Before her are Rebecca Schaeffer, May Allison, S. David Griggs, Stella Gibbons, Federico Saiz, and Jack Smith. After her are Ray McAnally, György Kulin, Lawrence Stevens, Aileen Pringle, Thomas Sopwith, and Prem Nazir.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wally Ris ranks 10,496 out of 18,182Before her are Shannyn Sossamon (1978), Mark Sandrich (1900), Eric Trump (1984), Charles W. Juels (1944), Mary Anderson (1859), and Hank Greenberg (1911). After her are Stephen Schwartz (1948), Scott Grimes (1971), Natalie Martinez (1984), James Williamson (1949), Carmelita Geraghty (1901), and Krystal Jung (1994).

Among SWIMMERS In United States

Among swimmers born in United States, Wally Ris ranks 27Before her are Charlie Hickcox (1947), Margaret Woodbridge (1902), Ethel Lackie (1907), Norman Ross (1895), Lynn Burke (1943), and Jack Medica (1914). After her are Jim Montgomery (1955), Adolph Kiefer (1918), Eleanor Garatti (1909), Allen Stack (1928), Carolyn Schuler (1943), and Ryan Lochte (1984).