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Sylvia Ruuska

Full name: Sylvia Eliina Ruuska
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: July 4, 1942 in Berkeley, California, United States
Affiliations: Stanford Cardinal, Stanford (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Sylvia Ruuska developed through the age-group swim program and, together with her younger sister Pat, was a star performer on her father's Berkeley YMCA team that twice won the AAU national team championship. She set five world records and won 20 AAU titles, including the 400 y individual medley for five straight years from 1956. She was aged only 14 when she won her two medals at the 1956 Games. At the 1959 Pan American Games she won silver in the 400 m freestyle. On her second Olympic appearance in 1960 at Rome, she was appointed captain of the women's swim team, but swam only the heats of the freestyle relay.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 14 Melbourne Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 14 Melbourne Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1960 Summer 18 Roma Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 14 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 3 5:07.1
1956 Summer 14 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat Three 2 QU 5:10.3

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1956 Summer 14 Melbourne Swimming United States USA Final 2 4:19.2 1:06.3 1:06.3
1960 Summer 18 Roma Swimming United States USA Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:18.9 1:05.2 3:16.0