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Delia Meulenkamp

Full name: Deliana "Delia" Meulenkamp (-Dooling)
Gender: Female
Born: July 3, 1933 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: March 13, 2013 in San Francisco, California, United States
Affiliations: Crystal Plunge, San Francisco (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Delia Meulenkamp gew up in the Netherlands but her family emigrated to the United States after World War II. She swam for the Crystal Plunge team in Marin County, California and was known as one of “Charlie (Sava) Girls.” She became a US citizen by a special act of Congress signed into law by President Truman so she could compete for the 1952 US Olympic team. Her good looks earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the Olympics,” commenting on the copper-haired American swimmer. She later worked for Pacific Southwest Airlines and was athletic director of the Metropolitan Club. After her marriage to a San Francisco attorney she devoted her life to raising her two boys, but continued to swim daily until health issues a few years before her death prevented it.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 6 h2 r2/3

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 5:27.9
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 4 Q 5:21.4
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