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William Albert Yorzyk Jr. (May 29, 1933 – September 2, 2020) was an American competition swimmer. He was born in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Yorzyk represented the United States at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.[1] He was the first swimmer to win the gold medal in the new 200-meter butterfly event.[2]

Yorzyk was a physician in the United States Air Force Medical Corps and was commissioned a captain. He won the U.S. AAU indoor championship in the 220-yard butterfly in 1958.

Yorzyk was honored into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1971.

Yorzyk died on 2 September 2020, aged 87.[3]


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Bill Yorzyk. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  2., Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games, [Men's 200 metres Butterfly Final. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
  3. Passages: William ‘Bill’ Yorzyk, 1956 Olympic Champion in 200 Butterfly