Man With Local Ties Coaches U.S. Swim Team
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games began Friday in London with a remarkable opening ceremony that delighted its worldwide audience of more than a billion, the largest Summer Olympic Games viewing audience ever.
The team sent to represent the United States at the 30th Olympiad is made up of 529 men and women who will compete in 25 sporting events.
Although Fulton County cannot lay claim to any one of the 529 U.S. Olympic competitiors, it can, however, claim an association of sorts with one of the Olympic coaches, men’s swim team head coach Gregg Troy.
Troy, 61, who was named head coach by USA Swimming and the U.S. Olympic Committee in December 2010, is the son of Eulah Stinson Troy, who was born and raised in Knobsville, Pa. Troy’s grandmother was Ada Katherine Cunningham.
Troy was born in Bellefonte, Pa., and in eighth grade, after his father retired from the state police, his family moved to Sarasota, Fla. It was there that he got involved in competitive swimming at the local Y and his high school. He coached swim teams at secondary schools following graduation from college and ended up at the University of Florida in 1998 as the head coach of the women’s swim team. He became the men’s head swimming and diving coach the following year.
Troy made his Olympic debut at the 1988 games as an assistant coach. He coached the Thailand National Team at the 1992 Barcelona games and joined the U.S. team as an assistant women’s coach at the Atlanta games in 1996. In 2008 he was the men’s assistant coach at the Beijing games.
At the London Games, Troy is coaching two of this country’s greatest swimmers, Michael Phelps, a winner of 16 medals at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, and Ryan Lochte, a six-time Olympic medalist.
At mid-day Tuesday, the American swim teams had swum their way to 12 of the 18 total medals won by the U.S., winning 4 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals.