About Lenny Krayzelburg

Lenny Krayzelburg is a Jewish, Ukraine-born, Southern California backstroke champ and four-time Olympic gold medalist. At age 13, he moved to Los Angeles with his family. He lifeguarded and swam at the Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles, and his first major age group competition was at the 1990 JCC Maccabi Youth Games in Detroit.

Krayzelburg is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the USC Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Hall of Fame. He was recently inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Many consider Lenny Krayzelburg the finest backstroke swimmer in the world.


Krayzelburg’s Achievements

Krayzelburg won his first two U.S. National Championships in 1996 for the 100m and 200m backstroke. His “Breakthrough Moment” was taking the title for 200m backstroke in the 1997 NCAA Championships, finishing with the fourth fastest time in history.

At the 2000 Olympic Games, Lenny Krayzelburg won his first gold medals in all three of the events he participated in (100-Meter Backstroke, 200-Meter Backstroke and 4×100-Meter Medley Relay). He also established new Olympic records in the 100m (53.72) and 200m (1:56.76). His lead leg set the pace for the 400m relay gold medal victory, setting a new world record of 3:33.73.

Lenny has reunited with the JCC to start a new and exciting program. The Lenny Krayzelburg JCC Swim Academy is a year-round learn-to-swim program for children of all ages and levels. LKSA’s mission is to teach and inspire children to be water safe and to provide an environment where everyone learns and enjoys the benefits of swimming. Lenny, who owns the academy, is involved full-time with daily operations and future growth opportunities. He is passionate about what he does and will continue to educate and inspire children in the world of swimming. The Dallas JCC is proud to be able to offer this program to our community.