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(born June 17, 1964, Frankfurt am Main, W.Ger.) German swimmer. With a height of 6 ft 7 in. (2 m), Gross acquired the nickname the Albatross because of his wide arm span. He won six Olympic medals (two gold and two silver in 1984, one gold and one bronze in 1988) and set world records in the 200-m freestyle and 100-m butterfly.
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