Ford Hiroshi Konno swam at McKinley High School and Ohio State.
He won four medals at the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games. At Helinski, Finland, Konno won gold medals in the 1,500-meter free-style and the 4 X 200-meter free-style swim relays. His time of 18:30:3 in the 1,500 swim was an Olympic record. He also won a silver medal in the 400 meter freestyle. In 1956, he won a silver in the 4 X 200 meter freestyle relay. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
The first hydrogen device exploded on November 1, 1952 at Eritowck Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.