ISRAEL June 15th – June 24th, 2016
All Swimmers Welcome Ages 13 – 18
Lenny Krayzelburg

LENNY KRAYZELBURG

  • 4 Time Olympic gold medalist from the 2000, 2004 Olympic Games
  • 1998 World Champion in 100m and 200m back
  • 2004 Olympic Swim Team Captain
  • 11 time United States National Champion
  • Owned 5 world records in backstroke
  • 1998 University of Southern California Graduate in Business Administration
  • Member of International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Member of USC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Member of International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Lenny Krayzelburg was born in Odessa, the Soviet Union. After spending his boyhood years in what is now the Ukraine, his family immigrated to the United States to escape Soviet Jewish anti Semitism and the call of the Soviet army, settling in a Soviet Jewish enclave in Los Angeles. Lenny's story is the ultimate success story: the immigrant who came to a new land, worked hard, overcame obstacles and found exactly what he hoped to find, the American Dream

Krayzelburg is a four-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming. He won his first gold medals in each of the three events he swam at the 2000 Olympic Games––100-Meter Backstroke, 200-Meter Backstroke and 4×100-Meter Medley Relay. He established new Olympic records in the 100m—53.72, and 200m—1:56.76. And, his lead leg set the pace for the 400m Relay gold medal victory that set a new World record––3:33.73.

Despite knee and shoulder surgeries that kept him out of most competition during the three years following the 2000 Games, Krayzelburg came back to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics and won a gold medal, his fourth, with the U.S. 4x100m Medley Relay team. Lenny was a team captain of 2004 US Olympic Swim Team.
At the 1998 World Championships, Krayzelburg became the first swimmer in 12 years to sweep both backstroke events at a World Championships or Olympics. Krayzelburg won numerous other titles, including gold medal victories in various events such as the 1998 Goodwill Games, 1999 and 2000 FINA World Cup meets, the Short Course World Championships, and eleven U.S. national titles in the 100m and 200m events.

In 2001 newly crowned three-time Olympic champion skipped  World Championships, opting instead to join the U.S. Team at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel, where he won a pair of gold medals.

Krayzelburg was a finalist for United States Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year in 1998, and was chosen USA Swimmer of the Year each of the following two years. He was also named US Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine four consecutive years from 1997 – 2000. In 2001, he was inducted in to the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and USC Hall of Fame. He is a member of International Jewish Hall of Fame and in May 2011 Lenny's swimming career was truly completed when he was inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame.

In 2005 after his swimming career was finished, Krayzelburg ventured into a new career as a business owner starting Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy, a learn to swim program for children. Having realized the impact and potential growth that learn to swim program has, in 2008 Lenny partnered up with Jewish Community Centers Association to have LK Swim Academy become and official signature program of JCC Association. Today LK Swim Academy has 2 company owned locations in Los Angeles and additional 13 partnership locations across United States.

Jason Lezak

JASON LEZAK

  • 8 time Olympic medalist (4 Gold)
  • 4 time Olympian 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012
  • 2008 relay anchor swim was voted by Sports Illustrated as the most memorable single performance by an American at the Beijing Games
  • Current world record holder
  • 2 time Olympic Team Captain
  • 2004 World Champion 100 freestyle
  • 10 time United States National Champion
  • 1999 University of California Santa Barbara Graduate in Business/Economics
  • Member of International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Jason grew up in Irvine, California as a well-rounded athlete. He began swimming at the age of five, played on the high school basketball team and become an All-American in water-polo. He is considered one of the most athletic and energetic personalities in the sport of swimming.

Practically unknown in the swimming world before 1998, Jason lit up the U.S. National Championships that year winning his first national title in the 100m freestyle, and that was only the beginning. He went on to win a gold and silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, and in 2002, he dominated all opponents becoming the number one ranked swimming sprinter in the world. At the 2004 Olympic Games, Jason took home a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay and the gold in a world-record-breaking swim in the 4x100m medley relay.

In 2008, Jason qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games in the 100m freestyle, the 4x100m free relay, and the 4x100m medley relay. At 32, the oldest man on the U.S. swim team and tri-captain, Jason anchored the U.S. men's 4x100 freestyle relay team to a come-from-behind victory, stealing the gold from the French. You can expect to see his leg of the race, the fastest 100m relay split in history (46.06), for decades to come in sports highlights. After many years of placing 4th and 5th in his individual swims, Jason persevered and achieved his 1st individual medal earning the bronze in the 100 freestyle. He also dominated the last leg of the 4x100m medley relay, winning the gold and securing Michael Phelps' record-setting 8th gold medal. Jason qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games as a part of the 4x100m freestyle relay and helped bring home a silver for the United States in that event.

In 2009 Jason represented the U.S. in Israel at the Maccabiah games. It was a tough decision to make having to pass on the World Championships but this was more than just another swim competition. During this trip Jason got the opportunity to see many of the sites he learned about as a kid as well as compete against the best Jewish athletes around the world. Winning 4 gold medals was only part of the experience. During his time there he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, lit the flame at opening ceremonies, met with the Israeli President, and much more. 

As a proud husband and father, highly respected athlete and Olympic gold medalist, Jason has become an inspiration to a wide variety of audiences. He successfully balances his family life with motivating others and sharing his stories.

 

BOBBY BREWER

Director of Marketing

Bobby Brewer is the Director of Marketing and oversees all marketing and PR for Champions Swim & Travel Experience.

Prior to 'Champions Swim & Travel Experience,' Brewer was the Head Coach for the 'Iolani Swim Club having achieved ASCA Level 4 status and guided swimmers to the 2012 Olympic Trials, USA Swimming Nationals, and USA Swimming Junior Nationals. As a swimmer, Brewer was 1998 Spring National Champion and US Open Champion in the 100m, an 8-Time USA Swimming National Team Member, and World University Games Gold & Silver Medalist.

Prior to his work as a coach, Brewer was the Vice President of Premier Management Group ("PMG"), an Olympic-focused marketing and athlete management company. At PMG, Brewer represented some the world's biggest Olympic swimming names including Jason Lezak Mark Spitz, Aaron Peirsol, Amanda Beard, and Rowdy Gaines. Brewer started his sport management career at PMG directing their events program, Ultimate Technique Swim Clinics, building the program to include over 100 swim clinic events per year around the world featuring Olympic swimmers, coaches, trainers, sport psychologist, and nutritionists.

CASEY TAKER

Director of Travel

Casey Taker is the Director of Travel for Champions Swim & Travel Experience and oversees the event logistics.

Taker brings over 10 years of experience in the sports travel industry to the 'Champions Swim & Travel Experience' team. As the owner of Anytakers Sports & Entertainment, Taker has designed and managed on-site travel experiences at over 200 national events including The Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Masters and CMA Awards. Utilizing a unique concierge approach to customer service, Taker is known for helping clients maximize their travel experiences.

Prior to starting Anytakers Sports & Entertainment, Taker was the Corporate Hospitality Director for a sports travel NASCAR program. Following the Beijing Olympics, Taker partnered with Premier Management Group to launch Open Water Planet, an open water swimming event production company. That opportunity introduced her to the swimming world as she worked to coordinate travel and events for Aaron Peirsol's Race for Oceans, Corpus Christi Open Water Festival and Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Swim. Taker's passion to create once in a lifetime opportunities for swimmers continues through her work with Open Water Planet and now Champions Swim and Travel Experience.

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