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Chris von Saltza

Full name: Susan Christina "Chris" von Saltza (-Olmstead)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: January 13, 1944 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Santa Clara Swim Club, Santa Clara (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

After winning five golds at the 1959 Pan American Games, 100 m freestyle, 200 m freestyle, 400 m freestyle, 4×100 m freestyle (with Molly Botkin, Joan Spillane, and Shirley Stobs), 4×100 m medley (with Carin Cone and the non-Olympians Anne Bancroft and Becky Collins), Chris von Saltza lived up to her advance billing by taking three Olympic golds in 1960. Her 400 m freestyle victory ended the long-standing Australian domination of this event, but her victory at Rome was not unexpected because at the U.S. Trials she had set a world record of 4:44.5 to become the first American woman to break the five-minute barrier. Von Saltza swam for the Santa Clara SC and led them to many team victories at the nationals, in addition to winning 19 individual AAU titles. After she retired from competitive swimming, she entered Stanford, majoring in Asian history. In 1963-64, while on a state department grant, she served as a coach/consultant in Asia with the American Specialist Program. She later taught swimming in Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Von Saltza later served the U.S. women's swim team as an assistant coach/chaperone at the 1968 Olympics. Her business career was as a systems engineer for IBM for 30 years, and later with her own technology and business consulting company. Miss Von Saltza was more properly the Baroness von Saltza as her grandfather, Count Philip, came to America at the turn of the century and she is still recognized by her titled name in the Who's Who of Swedish Nobility.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming Women's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States Final 2 1:02.8
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:02.5
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU/OR 1:01.9

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States Final 1 OR 4:50.6
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU/OR 4:53.6

Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:08.9 1:00.9 4:08.9

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1960 Summer 16 Roma Swimming United States USA Final 1 WR 4:41.1 1:02.3 4:41.1
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