We are the most avid fans and supporters of Milorad Cavic, an Olympic swimmer born in the United States. His parents are both Serbian, so despite being born in the States, he still maintained dual citizenship. We have followed his swimming career from his early days at Tustin High School in California, where we saw his potential as a competitive swimmer.
We supported him from then on, until his college days at the University of California in Berkeley, where he competed in the NCAA Swimming Tournaments. We saw him break record after record in almost all events he joined. That told us how truly competitive he was and how he really loved swimming as a sport.
His Olympic career started in Sydney in the summer of 2000. Although he trained so hard for the Olympics, the competition was so tough he barely finished in the top 50 in the 100m Backstroke. He placed 42nd.
In the 2004 Olympics in Athens, he placed 16th in the 100m Butterfly, 31st in the 50m Freestyle and 19th in the 100m Freestyle heats.
His best performance came in 2008 in Beijing, where he finished second to Michael Phelps in the 100m Butterfly. He came in second by a mere 1/100ths of a second. It was a truly controversial result. We thought he won that contest. After deliberation, the committee decided Phelps won by a hair. Cavic later said, “I lost to the greatest swimmer of our generation, there is no shame in that.”
In his last Olympics at London, he qualified for the 100m Butterfly finals, but came in tied at 4th place. After that, he decided to call it a career.
Apart from the Olympics, he joined many other swimming competitions particularly in Europe, representing his home country, Serbia. He won gold multiple times, set many World Records and broke some in the process.
This site is our tribute to Milorad Cavic‘s colorful and successful career. We have been fortunate witnesses to his claiming glory and giving pride to his countrymen. He truly is a national treasure.