Leo “Budd” Goodwin is an Olympic champion in water polo and swimming (1904, St Louis), a two-time Olympic bronze medalist, and a 1981 Hall of Fame inductee.

Goodwin was born on November 13th, 1883 in New York City. His swimming career began at the NYAC while he was working for his father, who disapproved of anything that might interfere with work, especially something as frivolous as swimming. In defiance of his father, Goodwin would run to the NYAC at lunch and swim as many laps as possible; he would then eat his lunch while he sprinted back to work. However unorthodox, his training regimen proved successful: Goodwin won four Olympic medals throughout his career, two of which were gold.


Goodwin won two gold medals at the 1904 Olympic Games in St Louis: one with the NYAC's water polo team, and the other in the 4x50 yards relay. However, because those two competitions were between clubs rather than nations, some sources do not recognize those events as having been part of the Olympic program.

In addition to his two gold medals, Goodwin also won the bronze medal in the plunge for distance at the 1904 Olympic Games. Four years later, at the 1908 Olympic Games in London, Goodwin won the bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay.


Goodwin died on May 25th, 1957.