During his athletic career he won 25 National AAU titles, and set a record by winning 10 NCAA individual titles (in 12 swims) while leading his team to four undefeated seasons; in 1977, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as our Nation's Outstanding Amateur Athlete. In 1984, John carried the Olympic Flag into the opening Ceremonies of the Los Angeles Games, and he was elected into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame.
In a recent nationwide USA Today contest, he was elected as the male co-captain of the 100 Golden Olympians, an all star group of many of America's most famous Olympic champions, including Bruce Jenner, Magic Johnson, Mark Spitz and Muhammad Ali.
The Centennial Games in Atlanta marked his fifth Olympic broadcast. He worked as a sports commentator at four Olympic Games: Los Angeles in 1984; Seoul, South Korea in 1988; Albertville, France in 1992; and Lillehammer, Norway in 1994.
John Naber is very much in demand as a television analyst, commentator and host. He currently works with ABC Sports and has served as play-by-play host on ABC's Wide World of Sports for events such as the Grand National Steeplechase in Aintree, England, the World Gymnastics Championship in Paris, and the famous Hannenkahm Downhill Race from Kitzbuhl, Austria. He also works with national cable companies like ESPN, PRIME, and Turner Broadcasting.
As an observer of athletic excellence, he is able to share the "behind-the-scenes" stories of athletes and their accomplishments. With the use of humor in matching his comments to the specific needs of his audience, John Naber has developed a series of interchangeable "power-paragraphs" fit for any occasion from a sports event to a sales management seminar. Along with his individual goal-setting methods, he uses his experience as an Olympic athlete and his observations as a sports announcer to illustrate the process of seeing dreams come true.
John Naber has worked as a Master of Ceremonies, keynote speaker, seminar leader, panel moderator, and dinner speaker for small audiences of twenty to full auditoriums of 50,000. Although he always customizes his remarks to his audience, some of his topics include: "The Gold Medal Performance: Seeing Your Dreams Come True," "Discipline: Keeping the Promises You Make to Yourself," "Teamwork in a Competitive World," Motivation; The Feeling Before Accomplishment."
His client list includes: Alaska Airlines, Allstate Insurance, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, BellSouth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Coca Cola, Columbus Bank & Trust, IBM, Johnson's Wax, McDonald's, Merrill Lynch, Miller Brewing, Minute Maid, Northwestern Mutual, Sanyo, Sears Roebuck, Time Warner, Valvoline Oil Company, Visa, Weyerhaeuser Mortgage, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO.) Letters of referral are available upon request.
John Naber is also a successful businessman, where he is the president of "Naber and Associates, Inc." a consulting firm that specializes in sports-related marketing. He has written, produced and directed his own video program, "Gettin' Better: Championship Swimming with John Naber," which has sold thousands of copies worldwide and remains a popular item at his sport clinics and seminars.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, Honorary Swim Coach of the International Special Olympics and advisor to the Women's Sports Foundation. He is also the former Chairman of the AAF-Rose aquatics Center, and is actively involved in fundraising activities for the US Olympic Committee and his alma mater, the University of Southern California. Naber is the current president of the US Olympians, an association of over 6,000 American Olympic alumni, through the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
John Naber lives with his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Christina, in California.
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