Victor Davis and Alex Baumann were swimming greats in the early 1980s, arguably during Swimming Canada’s golden years.
Davis took gold in world record time at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles in the 200 breaststroke and silver in the 100 breaststroke. Davis was crowned Swimming Canada’s Athlete of the Year 3-times and the Canadian goverment made him a Member of the Order of Canada.
Merely a few months after Davis’ retirement in 1989, he was hit by a car and killed.
Baumann could do it all. He was the world’s greatest IM in his day. Before the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles Baumann suffered extraordinary tragedies. His dad died, suffering from complications due to diabetes and his brother committed suicide. Baumann overcame these tragedies, leading Canada to the Olympics as his country’s flag bearer. Baumann captured both the 400 and 200 IM gold medals, lowering the world record in both races. Like Davis, the Canadian government made him a Member of the Order of Canada.
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