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Happy Birthday To Mount Kisco’s Richard John Carey

Richard John Carey turns 51 on Thursday.
Richard John Carey turns 51 on Thursday. Photo Credit:

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Kisco’s Richard Carey!

Carey, who was born in Mount Kisco, turns 51 on Thursday.

Richard John Carey, a former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in three events, was born March 13, 1963.

In 1981 Carey was the American champion in both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke, setting a national record in the latter, after moving to the University of Texas at Austin to train under Eddie Reese. In 1982 he collected gold in the 200-meter backstroke and 4x100-meter medley relay, and silver in the 100-meter backstroke at the World Championships in Guayaguil, Ecuador.

In 1983, Carey set world records of 55.38 seconds in the 100-meter and 1:58.93 in the 200-meter backstroke, breaking marks set in 1976 by John Naber. At the Pan American Games that year in Caracas, Venezuela, he lowered the 100-meter record to 55.19 seconds and he also won the 200-meter event. He also broke the world record in the 4x100-meter medley relay, along with Steve Lundquist, Matt Gribble and Rowdy Gaines, all of whom were world record-holders in their respective strokes. This earned him the Swimmer of the Year award.

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1993.