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Famous Dyslexics: Olympic Swimmer Duncan Goodhew

by Sarah Forrest|| 18 April 2017

Double Olympic medalist Duncan Goodhew won gold and bronze for Britain in the 1980 Moscow Olympcs. He is famous for his alopecia universalis — he has no hair anywhere on his body due to nerve damage after falling out of a tree as a child.

What is less known about Goodhew is that he also has dyslexia.

He’d always struggled in school as a young child, yet wasn’t formally diagnosed with dyslexia until age 13. The stress of reading difficulty, he now says, was “corrosive to the self-esteem”.

But he made up for it by dominating in the pool throughout his school career, eventual moving to the States on a full swimming scholarship before making it to the Olympics.

You can read part of his inspiring story here: