Along with Ron Bradley, Earl Mann, Dr. Homer Rice and Deion Sanders, the former swimmer Lundquist was honored during the ninth annual ASHOF ceremony at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
“I didn’t believe people had that long of a memory,” said Lundquist jokingly when he was informed about the induction. “It was a long time ago but I was very excited. Like Deion said ‘we take this as a tremendous honor and we are very fortunate to be a part of this elite crowd.’”
After admitting his inability to move through the water like Lundquist and producing much laughter, Sanders was truly grateful for this honor.
“This is really incredible,” said the former Falcon and Brave. “I do not take this for granted. I know I’ve been recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame but anytime someone will take out time to acknowledge you about something you did way back when I find it unbelievable. I am so elated and thankful.”
Before Sanders made the final speech of the evening, Lundquist was the second inductee to speak and reflected on the special occurrences his time in the water produced.
“Through swimming, I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends for life,” Lundquist said. “Some are business partners and some are just wonderful friends who I shared times with their kids. The travels I have made and places I have seen have been tremendous.”
At the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, Lundquist captured gold in the 100-meter breaststroke and 400-meter medley relay.
“The proudest moment I ever had was standing under the flag at the Olympics, listening to our national anthem and actually listening to the words and realizing what a phenomenal country we live in,” he said.
“The founding fathers had the wherewithal to let me be able to choose what I wanted to do,” Lundquist said. “I didn’t have to come out of a factory. They didn’t have to tell what to do. I had that option.”
Lundquist, who broke 15 world and American records and accomplished many other exploits in the breaststroke and medley events, is also a member of the International Swimmers Hall of Fame.