A tribute to a legend: Richard “Tod” Spieker
I know this post is somewhat overdue, but I still would like you to inform you on this great moment. Last year, in 2016, The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) awarded the organization’s Gold Medallion Awards to Richard “Tod” Spieker, the renown swimmer and now a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and real estate investor. The ceremonies took place in Santa Clara, California, on October 29th.
The Gold Medallion is ISHOF’s highest honor and since 1983, the award has been conferred annually upon a person who has contributed competitively to the world of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, or water polo playing. The recipients may also have achieved recognition for their accomplishments in the fields of government, science, education, business, or entertainment, and their lives must be positive role models for youth.
Former recipients of the Gold Medallion Award include, for example, US President Ronald Reagan, H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, US Senator Barry Goldwater, Olympic and Baseball boss Peter Ueberroth, US Ambassador to the UN Andrew Young, entertainer Esther Williams, and Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon.