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Helene Madison

Full name: Helene Emma Madison
Gender: Female
Born: June 19, 1913 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 25, 1970 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Affiliations: WAC, Seattle (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Helene Madison was born in Wisconsin but, while still a child, her family moved to Seattle where she had her first success as a competitive swimmer, winning the Northwest High School Championship in 1928. In the early 1930s she dominated women’s freestyling to an extent that is rarely seen at the highest levels. Swimming for the Washington AC, she won every AAU freestyle title in 1930, 1931, and 1932 with the solitary exception of the 1932 100m, in which she did not compete. She set a total of 26 world records, three of which came at the 1932 Olympics, and although she retired after the Los Angeles Games, many of her records remained on the books for years to come. After giving up amateur swimming, Helene Madison had a brief fling at a Hollywood career, playing a minor role in the film, "The Warrior’s Husband." She had a similar lack of success as a nightclub entertainer and, after the failure of three marriages, she lived alone in Seattle and in her later years particularly regretted that she had not succeeded in her ambition to become a registered nurse.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold WR
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:06.8
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:09.9
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU/OR 1:08.9

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Final 1 WR 5:28.5
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 5:48.7
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 1 QU 5:44.5

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States USA Final Standings 1 WR 4:38.0
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