At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, John Naber captured four Gold Medals, one Silver Medal and broke four World Records. His World Records in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke lasted an amazing seven years after his retirement. One of today's top motivational speakers, Olympic Gold Medallist John Naber is also one of America's leading television analysts, commentators, and hosts, providing viewers with unique and entertaining perspectives on the "behind-the-scenes" stories of today's most exciting athletes. As a speaker, he shows audiences how goal setting, persistence, and attitude can make a major difference in realizing one's dreams.
He is the author of Eureka! How Innovation Changes the Olympics and Everything Else, Awaken the Olympian Within: Stories from America's Greatest Olympic Motivators and In Search of Gold. He was also a contributing author to The Power of Character. He is also a broadcaster on network television and radio: ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, HBO, TBS, FOX and others. John was a television and radio broadcaster for eight Olympic Games. He is a host, play-by-play and expert announcer for over 30 different sports and he was also host of three television series and one game show.
During his athletic career he won 25 National AAU titles, and set a record by winning 10 NCAA individual titles (in 12 swims) while leading his team to four undefeated seasons; in 1977, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as our Nation's Outstanding Amateur Athlete. In 1984, John carried the Olympic Flag into the opening Ceremonies of the Los Angeles Games, and he was elected into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.
John Naber is very much in demand as a television analyst, commentator and host. He currently works with ABC Sports and has served as play-by-play host on ABC's Wide World of Sports for events such as the Grand National Steeplechase in Aintree, England, the World Gymnastics Championship in Paris, and the famous Hannenkahm Downhill Race from Kitzbuhl, Austria. He also works with national cable companies like ESPN, PRIME, and Turner Broadcasting
As a performance coach he provides, Going For Gold Sales Improvement Program©, Award Winning Presentation Skills Program© and Awaken The Olympian Within© Team Building Workshop. John has a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University. Currently, he is Chairman of Character Counts! Sports (1996 – Present) and he is Immediate Past-President, U.S. Olympians Association (2004 – Present).
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