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Ann Curtis

Full name: Ann Elisabeth Curtis (-Cuneo)
Gender: Female
Born: March 6, 1926 in San Francisco, California, United States
Died: June 26, 2012 in San Rafael, California, United States
Affiliations: Crystal Plunge/University of California, Berkeley
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

With three Olympic medals, Ann Curtis of the Crystal Plunge Club in San Francisco was the most successful woman swimmer of the 1948 Games. During her career Miss Curtis won 34 AAU titles (including eight relays), but surprisingly set only two world records, posting a new long course best for the 880y freestyle in 1944 and a new 440y record, in a short-course pool, in 1947.

Ann Curtis was one of the best known sportswomen of her time and in 1944 was the first woman to win the Sullivan Award. She was a cover girl on the front of Colliers, Newsweek, and many other magazines.

Initially taught to swim by nuns at the Ursuline Convent in Santa Rosa, Ann Curtis later joined the Crystal Plunge swim team, where she was taught by Charlie Sava from age 15. Curtis attended U Cal Berkeley, but they had no women’s swim team so she commuted daily to Treasure Island to train with Sava. She married her college sweetheart, Gordon Cuneo, a forward on the Cal baskeball team, and they settled in San Rafael, California where she started and ran the Ann Curtis School of Swimming. Ann Curtis was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1966 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold OR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States Final 2 1:06.5
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:07.6
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:06.9

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States Final 1 OR 5:17.8
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 5:26.4
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States Round One Heat One 2 QU 5:32.0

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States USA Final 1 OR 4:29.2
1948 Summer 22 London Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 2 QU 4:34.1
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