Olympian Ricky Berens Retires: Gold Medal Minute Video

Ricky Berens, 3-time Olympic medalist, has officially retired.

Berens has experienced it all as a swimmer. In his early years, age 14, he broke Michael Phelps’ butterfly record, a moment that kick-started his confidence and set him on the path to being a world-class swimmer. He’s been an NCAA Champion,  American record holder, World Champion, World recorder holder and an Olympic Champion.

Berens has two Olympic gold medals, both in the 4×200 freestyle from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He also has a third Olympic medal, a silver, as a part of the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Berens retired briefly after the London Olympic Games, then, seven weeks later, returned to competition. Berens had a little more to accomplish in the pool, which he did at the  2013 American Short Course Championships, breaking the American record in the 200 yard free, clocking a swift 1:31.31.

Last summer Berens swam his final international competition and won his final gold medal at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.  With Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Charlie Houchin, Berens’ team won the 4×200 free relay.

Berens is a very visible Olympic Ambassador, represented by the sports management company Octagon.

Follow Ricky Berens on Twitter here. 

Like Ricky Berens on Facebook here. 

Go here to see Ricky Berens’ HQ here. 

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host, Gold Medal Mel Stewart, is a 3-time Olympic medalist and co-founder of swimswam.com.


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Great career Ricky! Lots to be a proud of, a class act, and great ambassador for USA Swimming! The best for whatever is next.

Ricky is a classy, funny and talented guy. Swimming will miss him


Did Ricky and Rebecca Soni part ways?

yes they split up

Kevin T

He is a handsome guy. He can do better.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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