Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murray Rose Jan. 6, 1939 - April 15, 2012 Champion Swimmer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Murray Rose Jan. 6, 1939 - April 15, 2012 Champion Swimmer

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Murray Rose, who won four Olympic gold medals in swimming for Australia, becoming one of his nation's most celebrated athletes before going to Hollywood to try his hand in the movies, died Sunday in Sydney. He was 73.

The cause was leukemia, said Swimming Australia, the sport's national governing body.

At 17, Mr. Rose won three golds at the 1956 Melbourne Games. He captured the 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events and was part of the victorious 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.

He won the gold in the 400 freestyle again at the 1960 Rome Games; took the silver in the 1,500, finishing behind his countryman John Konrads; and was on the 4x200 relay team that won the bronze.

Gus Stager of the University of Michigan, head coach of the U.S. swimming team at Rome, called Mr. Rose "the greatest swimmer who ever lived, greater even than Johnny Weissmuller."

Beyond his swimming brilliance, Mr. Rose was an intriguing figure. Handsome and blond, he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962, having studied drama and television, and had a couple of roles in a short-lived Hollywood career. …

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