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Barbara Stark

Full name: Barbara Lynn Stark (-Jordan)
Gender: Female
Born: July 6, 1937 in Berkeley, California, United States
Affiliations: Berkeley Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Mother of Hartwell Jordan.


Barbara Stark made the US Olympic team in 1952 when she was only 14-years-old. On the day before competing in the 100 backstroke she slipped in the locker room, badly cutting her head on a glass door, which required minor surgery to close the wound. She still competed the next day, with a swimming cap covering the wound, and managed to place fifth in the final. Stark was AAU outdoor backstroke champion at 110 yards in 1953 and 220 yards in 1953-54. Indoors, she won AAU titles in the 100 back in 1952 and the 200 back from 1952-54. She retired in 1955 after graduation from high school, and then attended U Cal Berkeley. Stark later did some masters swimming and coached the women’s swim team at Berkeley. Her son, [Hartwell Jordan], also became an Olympian, competing in sailing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 15 Helsinki Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 5

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 15 Helsinki Swimming United States Final 5 1:16.2
1952 Summer 15 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat One 4 Q 1:17.9
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