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Jo Harshbarger

Full name: Jo Ann Harshbarger (-Carson)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 112 lbs (51 kg)
Born: November 17, 1956 in Aurora, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Lake Washington Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Jo Harshberger was only 15-years-old when she swam at the 1972 Olympics. She swam for Bellevue Senior High School and the Lake Washington Swim Club. Purely a distance freestyler, Harshbarger set world records in the 800 metre freestyle in 1972 and 1974, and in the 1,500 metres in 1973. She was a silver medalist in the 800 metres at the 1973 World Championships. She later swam for Stanford University. Harshbarger won the 1973 AAU title outdoors in the 1,500 metre freestyle, and in 1972 and 1975 was AAU indoor champion in the 1,650 yard freestyle.

In 1995 Harshbarger was working for Microsoft when she was accused of theft and forgery following the disappearance of between $8,000 and $20,000 from Microsoft corporate accounts. She pleaded guilty in January 1996, and re-paid Microsoft, later moving to Portland, Oregon, where she took another job.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming Women's 800 metres Freestyle United States USA 6

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Final 6 9:01.21
1972 Summer 15 München Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 9:14.46
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