Matthew ‘Matt’ Nicholas Biondi is a former American athlete who is most-known for having equaled Mark Spitz record of 7 medals in Swimming in a single Olympics. In his entire career Biondi has won an impressive 8 Olympic gold medals. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and into to the Unites States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Biondi started his as a water polo player. As he grew older, his ability as a sprint swimmer became more and more noticeable. However, Biondi did not start swimming full time until he attended High School at the Campolindo High School. By the time he was a senior in school, he already was a top sprinter. He also held the school record of 20.40 seconds for a 50-yard freestyle. He attended the University of California, Berkley. He was offered an athletics scholarship as a swimmer and a water polo player.
He made qualified for the Olympics in 1984. He participated in the 4x100 meter relay and he and his team won the gold medal. He returned to Berkley, where he excelled in NCAA games. He set his first individual swimming world record in 1985 by swimming a 100-meter freestyle under 49 seconds.
Biondi also participated as a swimmer in the 1988 and in the 1992 Olympics. In the end, he earned a total of 11 medals with 8 of them being gold medals. In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, he equaled Spitz when he won 7 medals for swimming, 5 of those 7 were gold medals. One was silver and another was bronze.
Today, Biondi works as a math teacher at Parker School in Hawaii.