Jess Float

A gala celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the 1984 Olympic Games was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 18, 2009. The Image Photo Booth caught up with a few very good sports before the event. Pictured: Olympic champion Jeff Float goes freestyling before the celebration. In 1984, as the captain of the U.S. swimming team that received a gold medal in 4X200m freestyle relay, he became the only legally deaf athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. His best memory of the 1984 Olympic Games: When he came out of the water after swimming the third leg for the U.S. 4x200 relay, he heard the roar of the crowd. “It was the first time I remember hearing distinctive cheers at a meet. I’ll never forget what 17,000 screaming people sound like. It was incredible!” He is now the swimming coach at the Fountain of Youth in Sacramento.
Stefano Paltera / For The Times
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