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James Christie, 38, was born in Dearborn, MI, and grew up in nearby Trenton.
He got an early taste of swimming success, when he won his first race at age 4, and his first trophy at age 5. At 13, he swam two miles straight out into Lake Michigan, with five other very good swimmers.
It freaked everyone out onshore and they called the Coast Guard to "rescue us" He graduated from Trenton HS with seven school and pool records. After 20 years, two 50 Free records still stand; a Varsity record of 21.5 and a pool record of 21.9. He graduated from E Michigan Univ in 1990, and held one Mid-American Conference championship title.
After college, Christie worked in banking, but quickly moved to computer and media work. In 1991, he founded BubbleWorld.com, Inc. BubbleWorld offers website hosting (including the Maverick web page), development and marketing, as well as virtual reality tours and computer support services.
In 2000, with their first child on the way, he realized that he would be responsible for another person. After a 15 year layoff, he began swimming for fitness. Two years later, he was ready to renew his competitive swimming career. "I looked at every website for each team in the Tampa Bay area to see if any seemed like a good fit for me and my laid-back attitude.
When I read on the Maverick website that 'We dance to the beat of a different drummer,' I knew I had found kindred spirits in Paul and Margie."
He's been a proud Maverick since 2002. He is constantly recruiting swimmers, including his father, Owen; brother, Eric and brother-in-law, Thomas.
His outstanding swims include his first Masters relay with then 77 year old, Flo Carr and Gold and Silver medals from the 2005 World Masters Games.
His swim goals are to win more gold medals. "I really like gold medals."
Christie lives in Seminole, Sunny FL, with his wife Wendy and children, including son Owen, 4 and daughters Zaedee, 2 and Marlee 7 months. He considers his children his greatest accomplishments.