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Donna de Varona

Full name: Donna Elizabeth de Varona (-Pinto)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: April 26, 1947 in San Diego, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Swim Club, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

At only 13-years-old, Donna de Varona was the youngest member of the 1960 Olympic swim team, but she competed only in the relay heats. By the 1964 Olympics, however, she had become the best known woman swimmer in the world – she had set 18 world records in the interim and won innumerable was voted by both AP and UPI as the top female athlete of 1964, but her success did not end with the Tokyo Olympics. Miss de Varona made the cover of several national magazines in 1964. She used her fame to launch a career in sportscasting, first with ABC and, in more recent years, with NBC. She was the first female sportscaster in the United States and the first to cover the Olympics for television, which she did in 1968, 1972, and 1976. She has also been very active in promoting women's sports, and amateur sports in general. Her activities have included being a member of the Women's Sports Hall of Fame, the President's Commission on Olympic Sports, and a founding member and past president of the Women's Sports Foundation. De Varona's sister, Joanna Kerns, became a well-known actress on American television.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 13 Roma Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 5
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming Women's 400 metres Individual Medley United States USA 1 Gold OR

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 13 Roma Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:18.9 1:06.5 1:06.5
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:03.8 1:00.9 2:02.1

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 5 1:08.0
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:07.7
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 1:07.5

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Final 1 OR 5:18.7
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU/OR 5:24.2
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