May 17, 2004
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Former Cal swimmer Matt Biondi has been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced Sunday. Biondi was one of 10 new inductees into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the first new class to be added since 1992.
As an Olympian, Biondi won 11 career medals, tied for the most medals ever won by an American. Those 11 medals included eight gold, won over the 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics. During his collegiate career from 1984-1987, Biondi won 12 NCAA titles and 14 Pac-10 crowns. The former Golden Bear still holds the school, Pac-10, NCAA and American records in the 200-yard freestyle. He was inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame in 1997, his first year of eligibility.
Biondi is joined by swimmer Janet Evans, speedskaters Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen, track & field athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, late track & field star Florence Griffith Joyner and the 1996 Women's Soccer Team in the latest U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class. The award show-style induction ceremony will be held July 1 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, and will air in a nationally-televised special on USA Network. Voting for the Class of 2004 was divided among U.S. Olympians, select U.S. Olympic family/media and, for the first time ever, online fans.
The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame returns to its roots in Chicago where the charter class was enshrined in 1983, with such U.S. Olympic legends as Bob Beamon, Cassius Clay, Peggy Fleming, Al Oerter, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Jim Thorpe and the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Hockey Team. Annual selections continued through 1992, adding Olympic legends such as Bart Conner, Donna de Varona, Dorothy Hamill, "Sugar Ray" Leonard, Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis, Phil Mahre, Debbie Meyer, John Naber and Mary Lou Retton.