Lenny Krayzelburg is a Jewish, Ukraine-born, Southern California backstroke champ and four-time Olympic gold medalist. At age 13, he moved to Los Angeles with his family. He lifeguarded and swam at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, and his first major age group competition was at the 1990 JCC Maccabi Youth Games in Detroit. Krayzelburg is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the USC Hall of Fame. He is a member of the International Jewish Hall of Fame, and recently was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Many consider Lenny Krayzelburg the finest backstroke swimmer in the world. The Aaron Family JCC of Dallas is thrilled to add the LKSA to its roster of top notch programming!
He won his first gold medals in each of the three events he swam at the 2000 Olympic Games––100-Meter Backstroke, 200-Meter Backstroke and 4×100-Meter Medley Relay. He established new Olympic records in the 100m—53.72, and 200m—1:56.76. And, his lead leg set the pace for the 400m Relay gold medal victory that set a new World record––3:33.73.
Krayzelburg won his first two U.S. national championships (100m & 200m) in 1996. Success at the 1997 NCAA Championships was his ‘breakthrough’, taking the 200m Backstroke title in the fourth fastest time in history.
The Ukraine-born Southern California backstroke champion has held five World records, setting three of them at the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships: 50m Backstroke–24.99, 100m Backstroke–51.28, and 200m backstroke–1:55.87. World marks #4 and #5 are: the 200m Backstroke Short Course–1:52.43, and the aforementioned 400m Medley Relay at the 2000 Olympics.