The Hawaii born, Duke Kahanamoku had won an Olympic gold medal for the first time in the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games. In Antwerp 1920, eight years later, not only did he take his second 100 meters freestyle Olympic gold medal, but also broke his own Olympic record .
“The Duke”, as he was commonly known, later came to win a third Olympic medal in the men’s 4x200m relay in Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games. His Olympic medal record still included two more silver medals from Stockholm in 1912 and Paris in 1924.
As a passionate surfer, between his Olympic Games participations, “The Duke” travelled the world for swimming exhibitions where he presented and promoted surfing around the world. For that, the man of many nicknames, Duke Kahanamoku became also known as the “Father of Surfing”.