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Sybil Bauer

Full name: Sybil Lorina Bauer
Gender: Female
Born: September 18, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 31, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Illinois Athletic Club, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Sybil Bauer, the daughter of Norwegian parents living in Chicago, was the first great woman backstroker. Perhaps her finest achievement came in Bermuda in 1922 when she was clocked at 6:24.8 for the 440y backstroke, which represented a four-second improvement on "Stubby" Kruger’s world record for men. Bauer won the 1924 Olympic title by a massive margin, set 23 world records, and won six successive AAU 100y backstroke champlionships from 1921. Sybil Bauer attended Northwestern and was on the basketball and field hockey teams, in addition to the swim team. She was a leader in the campaign to get full competitive programs into women’s university sports, but became ill early in 1927. She died from cancer in her senior year of college without seeing her wish fulfilled. Bauer also missed her chance to marry her fiancé, Ed Sullivan, who at the time was a Chicago sportswriter but later became the well-known host of his own television variety show.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 20 Paris Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 1 Gold

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 20 Paris Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:23.2
1924 Summer 20 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q/OR 1:24.0
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