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Our keynote speaker Jason Lezak began swimming at the age of 5 and grew up to become an All-American in Water-Polo. Jason’s ability to connect with his audience on a personal level shows his dedication to his message. He’s humble but passionate about his competitive nature and will to succeed.
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7-time Olympic Medalist
A seasoned athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Jason is synonymous with swimming. Growing up in Irvine, California Jason quickly emerged as a talented athlete. He began swimming at the age of five and was later named All-American in Water-Polo. Today he is considered one of the most athletic and energetic personalities in the sport of swimming.
Virtually unknown in the swimming world, Lezak lit up the 1998 U.S. Nationals winning his first National Title in the 100 Freestyle in what would prove to be a great beginning to an extraordinary career.
At the age of 32, Jason captained and anchored the U.S.men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team to a come-from-behind victory, stealing the Gold medal from the French. Swimming the fastest 100m split on record, his leg of the relay has become an iconic feature on sports highlight reels. At the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel, Jason lit the torch to start off the games and later walked away with four gold medals.
A proud husband and father, highly respected athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Lezak has become an inspiration to awide variety of audiences. Jason balances his family life and continues to coach himself and swim competitively beating athletes half his age on his way to London 2012.