Pedro Pablo Morales, Jr., was born in Chicago, Illinois eight years later after his parents came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1956. Morales attended Bellarmine College Preparatory, in San Jose, California, trained under the supervision of Larry Rogers. He won a relay gold and two silver medals swimming butterfly at the 1984 Summer Olympics and set the world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympic Trials that year as well as setting relay records. After pursuing a J.D. degree at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, he returned to the Olympics in 1992 as the team captain and captured gold in the 100-meter butterfly. He is currently the head women’s swimming and diving coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.