Robert Helmick (born 5 March 1937 in Des Moines, Iowa – died on 5 April 2003 in Des Moines) was the president of FINA and United States Olympic Committee. He also served as a Secretary of FINA and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee. He first began his career in the Olympics by managing the United States water polo team. He was elected president of the Amateur Athletic Union in 1978 and served until 1980. He became president of the United States Olympic Committee in 1985, which was the year he was elected to join the IOC.
Open Water Swimming
In the late 1980’s, Helmick authorized a special commission to study open water swimming and determine its place in the FINA Family of Aquatic Sports.