A seasoned athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Jason Lezak’s name is synonymous with swimming. Some say he is most well-known for his 400-meter freestyle relay team competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, resulting in a close and drama-induced victory. Growing up in Irvine, California, Jason quickly emerged as a talented athlete.
Lezak enjoyed all sports as a kid. He began swimming at the age of five and grew up to become an All-American in Water-Polo. Jason also played on his high school basketball team, and is considered to be one of the most athletic and energetic personalities in the sport of swimming. He attended IrvineHigh School and later went to the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating with a degree in Business and Economics in 1999.
Virtually unknown in the swimming world in 1998, Jason lit up the 1998 U.S. Nationals winning his first National Title in the 100 Freestyle…and that was only the beginning. Jason went on to win a Gold and Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. In 2002, Jason dominated his opponents becoming the #1 ranked sprinter in the world. At the 2004 Olympics, Jason took the Bronze in the 4x100 meter freestyle and the Gold Medal in a world record breaking swim in the 4x100-meter medley relay.
Jason is now a seasoned veteran in the sport. Having raced and beaten his best competitors gives him a confidence and a winning record that can’t be questioned. In 2008, Jason took his place on the US Team one more time when he qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 100-meter freestyle, the 4x100-meter free relay, and the 4x100-meter medley relay. At 32, the oldest man on the U.S. swim team and tri-captain, Jason anchored the U.S. men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team to a come-from behind victory, swimming the fastest 100-meter relay split (46.06) in history, and stealing the Gold from the French. Expect to see his leg, the fastest 100 relay split (46.06), for decades to come in sports highlight films. Jason also dominated the last leg of the 4x100-meter Men’s Medley relay winning the gold for team USA and securing Michael Phelps’ record setting 8th gold medal. These Olympic Games proved that Jason is definitely a team player.
He currently holds the world record in the 400-meter freestyle relay which was set at the Beijing Olympics. He also holds the American record in the 100-meter freestyle which was set at the US Olympic Trials. In 2006 he won the “USA Swimming Relay Performance of the Year” at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Outside of the pool, Lezak has appeared as a guest on The Today Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning.
A proud husband and father, highly respected athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Lezak has become an inspiration to a wide variety of audiences. He proves that age is just a number and that anything is possible!