Andy Coan on the road to recovery from Guillian-Barre Syndrome


In 1975, at 17 years of age, Andy broke Jim Montgomery’s 12-day old ward record in the 100m freestyle. He won 3 gold medals at the 1975 FINA World Championships and at the University of Tennessee won seven NCAA titles, including the 50 and 100 free twice. Late in 2014 he was diagnosed with Gullian-Barre Syndrome, the same disease that afflicted Hall of Famer, Rowdy Gaines. This video shows Andy’s efforts at recovery.

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