Gary Hall

Gary Hall - World Fit Executive DirectorDr. Hall is a retired ophthalmologist and three-time Olympic medalist swimmer from Mexico City (1968), Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976). His greatest honor was being selected in the 1976 Olympic games by his teammates as the Standard bearer for the Opening Ceremonies. He served as co-captain for the men’s Olympic swimming teams in 1972 and 1976, helping lead the teams to two of our country’s most successful team efforts in history.

He was raised in Southern California and graduated salutatorian from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove with a 3.98 cumulative grade point average.

He attended Indiana University majoring in Zoology and received the Fernandus Payne Scholarship with a minor in languages (Spanish and German). He swam under the legendary coach, Dr. James Counsilman, and helped Indiana win six consecutive NCAA championships, contributing to the last four of those victories with seven individual NCAA titles. During his collegiate career, he was twice named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969 and 1970 and received the Helms Foundation Award for the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in North America in 1970. He was later inducted into the Indiana University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, the Academic All-America NCAA Hall of Fame and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Dr. Hall attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati and interned at The Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He practiced clinical ophthalmology in Phoenix, Arizona from 1982 until retiring in 2006. He received the Silver Anniversary Award from the NCAA in 1998 for his years of medical service. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Hall was elected Vice President of the United States Olympians Association and helped found the World Fit Foundation, using Olympians to inspire students and combat childhood obesity. Today, Dr. Hall works as both the technical director for The Race Club, Inc, in Islamorada, Florida, teaching swimming technique to athletes from around the world, and as the Executive Director for the World Fit Foundation.

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