1976 flag bearer
Gary Hall , Sr. (USA) was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1981. The following text was included in the program for the induction ceremony of that year:
For the Record: Three Olympics: 1968 silver (400 IM), 1972 silver (200 fly), 1976 bronze (100 fly). Ten World Records. Twenty-three National AAU Swimming titles. Seven NCAA Championships titles. Twenty-three American Records.
In the 1976 Olympic Opening Ceremonies Gary Hall like Harry Hebner (1912) and Johnny Weissmuller (1928) was elected the American flag bearer for the United States Olympic Team. It was at Montreal and the third Olympic Games in which Dr. Hall was to medal. This Indiana University graduate held 10 world records, won 30 U.S. National titles and was the first swimmer under four minutes for the 400 Individual Medley. He won championships in 3 of 4 strokes and was the dominate world figure in the IM for a decade. He was World Swimmer of the Year in 1969 and 1970. Gary was a claim to fame for the five great coaches who trained him at some time during his 14 years of competition. Gary's Olympic medals were in thee different events and three successive Olympics.