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Steve Lundquist

Of all of our local citizens, Steve Lundquist is one of our most beloved and famous. Steve was a member of the 1980 Olympic Swim Team when the United States boycotted the Olympics. His rise to fame was when in 1984 he won two Olympic Gold medals in the 100 meter breaststroke, and the 400 meter medley relay. He was the first swimmer to break 2 minutes in the 200 yard breaststroke. He won every 100 yard breaststroke event he entered from 1980-1983. At 17 he broke his first world record and in his career he broke world and American records on 15 occasions. He first broke the 100 meter breaststroke world record in 1982 and held it until 1989 with the exception of one month when John Moffet held it. He also held the world record in the 200m IM in 1978. He set American records in the 100m and 200m breast and the 200m IM. Steve went on after the 1984 Olympics to spend much of his time volunteering his time for charitable organizations and making appearances on television and in movies.

Steve Currently resides in the area and spends much of his time still  volunteering with various organizations. In 1996 when the Olympics were hosted in Atlanta he was an Olympic Torch Bearer, the Clayton County Master of Ceremonies for the torch run, and he was also given the honor of being the Olympic Flag Bearer at the 1996 Olympic Games. He currently runs his own business, Digipik, a digital media company in the Stockbridge Georgia area.

The Following are some various facts about Steve's many accomplishments and life:

Steve's Honors

  • U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM DOUBLE GOLD MEDALIST, SWIMMING, 1984
  • U.S. HONORARY OLYMPIC TEAM MEDALIST, SWIMMING, 1980
  • INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME, INDUCTION IN 1990
  • STATE OF GEORGIA SPORT's HALL OF FAME's YOUNGEST INDUCTEE, 1990
  • OLYMPIC FLAG BEARER, OLYMPIC TORCH RUNNER-EMCEE, 1996
  • UNITED STATES SWIMMER OF THE YEAR, 1982
  • OLYMPIA AWARD RECIPIENT, 1983
  • VOTED AMERICA's TOP BREAST STROKER OF THE CENTURY By US Swimming
  • GEORGIA STATE GAMES CAULDRON LIGHTER, 1997

 

Steve's Education

  • Attended Woodward Academy, College Park, GA
  • Graduated from Jonesboro High School, GA 1979
  • Graduated (BBA) from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1984
  • Graduated (MBA) from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Executive Master's Program) 1994
  • Graduate of Beverly Hills Playhouse School of Acting, and Studied under Milton Katselas and Jeff Goldblum
  • Studied Voice under Ron Anderson

Steve's Civic Activities
(Speaking, Hosting, and Honorary Chairmanships)

  • Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" Program

  • The Will Roger's Institute

  • Live Aid

  • Hands Across America

  • The American Red Cross

  • U.S. Olympic Coin Programs

  • The American Diabetes Association

  • The U.S Treasury

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Atlanta Ski Club

  • U.S. Olympic Committee

  • Egleston Beat Leukemia Classics

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation

  • Swim Across the Sound For Leukemia Research

  • Various Children's and Burn Hospitals

  • Florida Hospital Foundation

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Foundation For Children With Learning Disabilities

  • Special Olympics

  • Georgia State Games

  • Atlanta Preservation Society

  • Junior League of Atlanta

  • American Heart Foundation

  • Easter Seals

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Goodwill Games

  • Princess Grace Foundation

  • Clayton County PTA

  • Providence Day School

 

Steve's Appearances on Major National Talk Shows

  • Johnny Carson
  • Larry King Live
  • Joan Rivers
  • Good Morning America
  • This Morning
  • The Today Show
  • CNN Sports Talk
  • Radio Talk Show Host during 1996 Olympics
  • Commentator for Goodwill Games in Moscow

 

Steve's Acting Credits

  • Regular on "Search For Tomorrow" TV Soap
  • Loveboat
  • ABC TV's Actors to Watch Talent and Development Program
  • "Return of the Killer Tomatoes Movies"
  • Beach Boys MTV video "It's Getting Late"
  • Splash videos
  • After School TV special nominated for an Emmy entitled "Testing Positive"