Charles Daniels

Charles Daniels

American swimmer
Date of Birth: 21.03.1885
Country: USA

  1. Charles Daniels Biography
  2. Unofficial Olympic Games 1906
  3. London Olympics 1908
  4. Achievements Outside the Olympics

Charles Daniels Biography

Charles Daniels was an American swimmer and four-time champion of the Summer Olympic Games. He emerged as the top athlete at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, winning three events: the 220-yard freestyle, the 440-yard freestyle, and the 4x50-yard freestyle relay. Additionally, he earned a silver medal in the 100-yard race and a bronze in the 50-yard freestyle. Daniels ranked fifth in total medals and fourth in gold medals at the Games.

Unofficial Olympic Games 1906

Two years later, Daniels participated in the unofficial 1906 Olympic Games in Athens, competing in two disciplines. He became the champion in the 100-meter freestyle and finished fourth with his team in the 4x250-meter freestyle relay. However, since the International Olympic Committee did not sanction these competitions, Daniels did not officially win his fourth gold medal here.

London Olympics 1908

At the subsequent 1908 Summer Olympic Games in London, Daniels added two more medals to his collection. He won gold in the 100-meter freestyle race and bronze in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

Achievements Outside the Olympics

Daniels also set several records outside of the Olympic Games. From 1904 to 1911, he won the U.S. Swimming Championship 31 times. In just four days in 1905, he established 14 world records. Throughout his life, he surpassed world achievements in all distances ranging from 25 yards to 1 mile. Daniels also developed a unique freestyle technique, inspired by Australian swimming techniques, which is still used by freestyle swimmers today with slight modifications. Daniels was inducted into the American Olympic Hall of Fame in 1988.