Louis Handley

Louis Handley

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Louis de Breda Handley or Luigi de Breda (14 February 1874 – 28 December 1956) was an Italian-born American freestyle open water swimmer and water polo player who competed in the 1904 St. Louis Olympic Games in Missouri. He was the son of the American sculptor Francis Montague Handley and his Italian wife. He was registered in Rome as an Italian citizen with the baptismal name of Luigi and the surname of his mother, “de Breda”. In 1896 he fled to New York and added to his name the surname of his father. He worked in a small firm imports and devoted himself to his second passion after hunting, open water swimming . He was also a great water polo player (his style of shooting was called “jumping salmon”).


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