Mark Gangloff

Mark on making changes

“To improve, you cannot do the same thing that got you to where you are. Always work to be better than you were the day before.”

For Mark Gangloff, competitive swimming is a series of progressive breakthroughs. To consistently improve, Mark steps up his training and believes he always has more left at the end of one season to swim even faster the next.

Mark builds on what he’s learned competing at the national and international levels. Even between races. After getting fourth in the 100m breaststroke at the 2004 Olympics, he wanted to stand on the podium at the 2005 Worlds, but he just missed the finals. A disappointed, and a bit angry, Mark and his coach adjusted his stroke before the 50m breast prelims. The experience paid off. He bounced back and earned a silver medal.

Finishing the 2008 Olympics with a gold and a world record in the 400m medley relay, Mark has set his sights on what could be his third Games, in 2012.

Read more about Mark in SPLASH magazine, courtesy of USA Swimming - July/August 2010 | September/October 2010

Watch Mark’s aha moments:


  • Birthday: June 8, 1982
  • Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Sweet Achievement:

“Being brave enough to change my training one year before the Olympics. In 2007 and 2008, I did less yardage than I did my entire career and ended up dropping time. I went back to the Olympics and won another gold medal.”

Winning Record

  • Olympics
    2008 – Gold, 400m medley relay (WR)
    2004 – Gold, 400m medley relay
  • World Championships
    2011 – Gold, 400m medley relay
    2010 – Gold, 400m medley relay (scm)
    2009 – Gold, 400m medley relay; Bronze, 50m breaststroke
    2008 – Silver, 400m medley relay (scm) (AR); Silver, 50m breaststroke (scm)
  • Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships
    2010 – Gold, 400m medley relay; Bronze, 100m breaststroke; Silver, 50m breaststroke
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2009 – Gold, 400m medley relay (WR)
    2007 – Silver, 100m breaststroke
    2005 – Bronze, 100m breaststroke; Bronze, 200m breaststroke

Race Clips