From the age of 9, he was a regular swimmer at Fullerton Beach at Lake Michigan. At 16 he was swimming at the Chicago Athletic Club and beginning to show real promise. It was there that he was spotted by his eventual coach, Willian `Big Bill` Bachrach.
Image: Undated portrait taken in Paris of Weissmuller. Weissmuller was one of the world`s best swimmers in the 1920s.
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