SSPC: John Moffet on Getting Injured as a Gold Medal Favorite at the Olympics

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

John Moffet is a renaissance man. In the pool he was a 1980 & 1984 Olympian, World Record Holder, World Medalist & Pan Pacific Championships Triple Gold Medalist. Beyond the pool, after graduating from Stanford, he built an impressive career in entertainment winning 3 Primetime Emmy Awards and a list of credits too long to detail here. (Google John Moffet producer director and go to IMDB.)  Moreover, he’s delivering all of that entertainment muscle to his new podcast SPORT LIFE BALANCE (see Moffet Podcast here:

In this podcast Moffet bottom-lines “the moment” when he knew his chances for 1984 Olympic gold were over. After breaking the 100 meter breaststroke world record at U.S. Olympic Trials (1:02.13), he suffered an injury in the 1984 Olympic Games prelim heat–coming off the wall, a few strokes after his breakout.  Hearing the vulnerability in his voice is heart-wrenching.  Moffet’s life is dramatic, a Hollywood film, and he was, in fact, among the stars of the famous award-winning doc film “16 Days Of Glory” that took you inside the lives of the most interesting 1984 Olympians.

Music: Otis McDonald


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Jay Ryan
1 month ago

Yeah I always thought that he should not have swum the 100 br final with an ace wrap on. Ace wraps do very little other than remind us that we are injured.

1 month ago

This race was an epic battle between Steve Lundquist and Victor Davis both breaking the World Record and breaking 1:02. Moffett would have made it even more interesting. Lundquist won in 1:01.65 but then Victor Davis dominated the 200 breastroke winning by over 2 seconds and smashing his own World Record by over a second. Davis repeated his 1982 World Championships feat of Gold and Silver to prove he was the top breastroker of the early 80’s.

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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