Ben Wildman-Tobriner

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Ben Wildman-Tobriner
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Marshall Wildman-Tobriner
Nickname(s) "Ben," "Wild Man,"[1] "Vildman"[2]
National team  United States
Born (1984-09-21) September 21, 1984 (age 38)
San Francisco
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team Stanford University

Benjamin Marshall Wildman-Tobriner (born September 21, 1984) is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder.

Early development

Wildman-Tobriner was born in San Francisco to parents Michael Tobriner and Stephanie Wildman. He grew up in San Francisco with his parents and older sister, Rebecca. Wildman-Tobriner's paternal grandfather, Mathew Tobriner, served as a California Supreme Court Justice for 20 years.[2] He is currently a radiology resident at Duke University.[3]

Wilman-Tobriner began his career swimming for a local recreational team called Swimarin in the Marin Swim League until the age of 12. Even at that age, he managed to set several team, pool and league records and become recognized for his talents. Around the age of 12, he joined the Fog City Hammerheads Swim Team under the instruction of the notable coach, Matthew "Berto" Roberto. He attended Lick-Wilmerding High School where he was a four-year varsity swimmer, and three-time MVP. While in high school he received numerous All-American awards for swimming excellence, as well as setting the California North Coast Sectional record in the 50-yard (46 m) freestyle and achieving the second fastest time for a 17- to 18-year-old male in the 50-meter freestyle in the United States. After graduating Lick-Wilmerding, Wildman-Tobriner attended Stanford University where, as well as swimming all four years, he graduated in 2007 as a Biomechanical Engineer.


Wildman-Tobriner is most famous for his achievements in the 50-meter freestyle. In the spring on 2007, he competed in the World Championships where he won the 50-meter freestyle in a time of 21.88 seconds. He had the former American Record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 18.87 seconds. He currently has 1 NCAA gold medal for the 400 Medley Relay (2005) as well as more than a dozen All-Americans and Pac-10 championships.

In December 2007, Wildman-Tobriner injured his left pectoral tendon, completely separating it from the humerus bone. After surgery, he resumed training, at first swimming using only his right arm, with his left arm in a sling. By May 2008, he had recovered enough to compete again, finishing fourth in a race in Santa Clara.[4]

On July 3, 2008, Wildman-Tobriner qualified for the Olympic relay team as the second alternate in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay. In Beijing, during the evening preliminary heats on August 10, he became a member of the World Record 4 × 100 m freestyle relay (3:12.23) by swimming the third leg in a time of 48.03. The next day, Wildman-Tobriner earned a gold medal (but lost the world record) when Jason Lezak swam down Alain Bernard in the final leg of the relay's final in world record time.[5]

See also


  1. "2008 Beijing Summer Olympics – Ben Wildman-Tobriner – Profile & Bio". NBC. 2008. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "USA Swimming – Athletes – Ben Wildman-Tobriner". United States Olympic Committee.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Crouse, Karen (June 8, 2008). "Olympic Hopeful Is Facing Some Tough Choices". The New York Times. Retrieved January 8, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Eule, Brian (July–August 2008). "Ben Wildman-Tobriner". Stanford Magazine. 37 (4). pp. 46–47.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Jewish swimmers pace U.S. to relay gold". JTA. August 11, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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