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Tim McKee
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Swimmer
    (March 14, 1953- )
    Olympic silver medal winner in the 200-meter individual medley (1972)
    Olympic silver medal winner in the 400-meter individual medley (1972, 76)
    He won three Olympic silver medals in swimming, but never captured gold.
    In the Munich Olympics, he posted the second-fastest losing times in both the 200 and 400 meter individual medleys (1972).
    In the 400 meter IM, he finished in a dead heat with Gunnar Larson of Sweden (1972).
    Some accounts had McKee touching the wall first; however, swimming officials awarded the gold medal to Larson.
    The officials took the time from the timing machine computer and declared that Larsson had won by 0.002 seconds.
    The Guinness Book of Records called it the closest race in history.
    In later years, it was decided that ties to the hundredth of a second would remain ties.
    McKee was not retroactively awarded a gold medal, however.
    He worked in marketing.
    He was a swimmer at the University of Florida.
    He came from a swimming family; his father was an All-American swimmer in the 1930s.
    He was a successful swimmer despite only standing 5'8.
    His strongest stroke was the backstroke.
    He was not bitter about controversially losing a gold medal in the 400 IM; on the contrary, he celebrated by sneaking past security and performing a perfect dive off the 10-meter platform.
    He overcame a bout with mononucleosis to make the 1972 Olympic team.
    He is a member of the International Swimming Hall Of Fame.
    He returned to the University of Florida to join the coaching staff of the swimming team after his competitive days were through.
    In a mark of irony, two of the swimmers he coached, Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer, tied for a gold medal in the women’s 100 meter freestyle at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
    He left marketing to work as an ocean rescue lifeguard in Miami Beach, thereby utilizing his athletic skills for public safety.

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