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Norman Ross

Norman Ross - Swimming


Norman Ross grew up in Portland at the turn of the 20th Century and won three gold medals at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Summer Games.

Born in Portland in 1896, Ross matured as a swimmer at the Multnomah Athletic Club under coach Jack Cody. Following a career at Stanford University, Ross qualified for the 1920 Olympics and won the 400-meter freestyle, the 1,500-meter freestyle and anchored the winning 4x200 meter team. The meet took place in an open canal and without lane markings. Ross set 13 world records during his career.

Following the Olympics, Ross moved to Chicago and became a radio personality. He passed away in 1953 at age 57.

Ross was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1980.