...was was born August 24, 1890 in downtown Honolulu. Who would have known that 78 years later he would not only be known as Hawaii's greatest athlete, but the father of international surfing and its ambassador of Aloha.
Almost 22 when he won his first Olympic gold medal, Duke represented the United States in the Olympics for the next 20 years, winning not only medals but also the hearts of people all over the world. He is remembered not just as a swimmer for his remarkable speed, but for his grace in the water, good humor and sportsmanship.
Duke won his first Olympic gold medal and set a world record in the 100-meter free-style and won a silver as a participant in the 200-meter relay in Stockholm in 1912. He won his second and third gold medals in 1920 during the Antwerp Olympics, again breaking his world record in the 100-meter free-style and setting a world record on the free-style relay team. In the 1924 Paris Olympics, he won a silver medal for the 100-meter free-style. Then in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, he was awarded a bronze medal as an alternate on the water polo team ...read more