Lenny Krayzelburg captivated America and the entire world at the 2000 Summer Olympics, capturing three swimming gold medals for the United States. He took a fourth gold at the 2004 Olympics. He was the USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year in 199 and 2000.
Originally from the FSU, Lenny and his family immigrated to America and settled in Los Angeles without jobs or the ability to speak English. He swam at the JCC, became a citizen and earned a scholarship to the University of Southern California, receving a degree in Finance. He skipped the 2001 World Championships to take part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Since his Olympic pursuits, Lenny has been actively involved in the Jewish community. He set up swimming academies at the Westside JCC and the JCC at Milken, has spoken at Jewish conferences, serves on the board of Tikva Children's Home and represented the United States at the summer 2009 Maccabi games. His Lenny Krayzelburg Foundation's mission is to create swimming opportunities for disadvantaged youths.