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WHO GARY HALL swam in three Olympic Games (1996, 2000, and 2004), won 10 medals—five gold, three silver, and two bronze—including back-to-back 50 freestyles in a sport so competitive there is one one-hundredth of a second cumulative margin of victory for two of his gold medals. His father was a three-time Olympian and carried the flag in the 1976 Olympics (his uncle was also on the team). Not surprisingly, his parents met at a swim meet.

WHAT Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1999 during the height of his training for the 2000 Olympic Trials, Hall is passionate about promoting fundraising, research, and treatment for the disease. Around the same time, he was introduced to Platinum Performance while training at Berkeley with swim coach Mike Bottom, who was dating a veterinarian at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Clinic in Los Olivos, and saw the potential of an early iteration of the omega-3 nutritional supplement.

WHERE Since relocating to Santa Ynez four years ago for Platinum Performance, Hall has also plunged into public policy, serving on the boards of several integrated not-for-profit health-care systems and is crafting an initiative for healthcare benefits for youth enrolled in sports. “Being close to the water (for me) and the mountains (for my wife), it’s the perfect place for our kids to grow up,” he says, “We’re fortunate to be where we are.” Last year, he was also approached by Buellton mayor John Connolly and has since been working to spearhead the building of a multisport swimming facility in the valley. –C.B.

 

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