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ALM
August 13th, 2011, 12:51 PM
U.S. Masters Swimming is proud to count a number of Olympians among its current and former members.

Thanks to the hard work of Gail Roper, a list of these exceptional athletes is now available on the USMS web site.

From usms.org, you can view the list by selecting the blue "Home" tab, then "History & Archives," then "Olympians in USMS" from the left "In This Section" column. The direct link is http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/

The list contains the names of any Olympians who have been verified as ever being members of USMS (or of our predecessor AAU organization). The list includes athletes who competed for countries other than the U.S. (such as France, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Cuba), and in sports other than swimming (such as water polo, kayak, shot put, and pentathlon).

Gail Roper is an Olympian herself. She competed in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. She has put a tremendous amount of time into this project. Various members of the USMS History & Archives committee have assisted over the years with research and detective work.

Enjoy the list! Corrections or additions may be sent to: Olympians (at) usms (dot) org

While you're on the History & Archives page, take a look around. The "Stories About Swimmers" section contains hundreds of short biographies of USMS members. The committee is always looking for more stories and would welcome your contributions. Instructions for submitting a story can be found on the page.

orca1946
August 13th, 2011, 02:45 PM
When I was at Mesa nats, they talked about all of our months & years of masters swimming. I can't remember her name right now, but he mentioned a lady swimming the meet that swan in the 1 9 3 6 olympics in berlin !!!!!!!!!!
Is that the one that Jesse Owen kick the nazi butts in the sprints?

ALM
August 18th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Thanks to all of you, we've added more verified names to the Olympians list. It now contains more than 300 names!

Enjoy it here:
Olympians in USMS (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/)

orca1946
August 18th, 2011, 06:36 PM
Buster Crab - how cool to read that name!!:applaud:

ALM
March 23rd, 2012, 08:50 PM
Don't forget to check out the list of Olympians (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/) who have been members of U.S. Masters Swimming. Some recent additions to the list include:

Catalina Casaru (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=994)

Karin LaBerge (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=996)

Michael Mason (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=995)

Lance Armstrong (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=993)

Enjoy the list! Corrections or additions may be sent to: Olympians (at) usms (dot) org

Rich Abrahams
March 24th, 2012, 06:07 PM
I could not find her on the list, but I believe Emily Silver, Who swam today in the Colorado State Cahampionships, deserves to be there. You may recall that Emily, who swam for Cal., qualified for the 4 X 100 free relay in 2008. Unfortunately, several days after qualifying she broke her hand while finishing her 50 free at Trials. The injury was so sever that she needed an operation and could not compete in Beijing. I saw her cruise a 24.2 50 free today.

thewookiee
March 24th, 2012, 06:19 PM
I could not find her on the list, but I believe Emily Silver, Who swam today in the Colorado State Cahampionships, deserves to be there. You may recall that Emily, who swam for Cal., qualified for the 4 X 100 free relay in 2008. Unfortunately, several days after qualifying she broke her hand while finishing her 50 free at Trials. The injury was so sever that she needed an operation and could not compete in Beijing. I saw her cruise a 24.2 50 free today.

Rich,

She did swim in the prelims of the 400 freestyle relay. She had to do a time trial a few days before the event to see if she was still fastest enough after the injury. She swam a time that was similar to her trials efforts.

Rich Abrahams
March 24th, 2012, 06:42 PM
Rich,

She did swim in the prelims of the 400 freestyle relay. She had to do a time trial a few days before the event to see if she was still fastest enough after the injury. She swam a time that was similar to her trials efforts.

She showed me the scar on her hand. Impressive. I did not offer to show her one of mine.

TRYM_Swimmer
March 24th, 2012, 09:54 PM
Just had an informal meet today in Morehead City, NC attended by two NCMS workout groups, hosted by Mr/Mrs Greg Burgess, former Gator and twice Olympian (1992, 1996). He said he was going to Nats in Greensboro, so I assume he has registered and can be added to the list.

ALM
March 24th, 2012, 10:35 PM
Thank you for the tips. Emily Silver and Greg Burgess are both registered with USMS so they'll go on the list. Someone else wrote me and provided this name:

Martina Moravcova Valko (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=998)

She's swum in 19 events in five Olympics, and is trying to qualify for her sixth. And she is a USMS member!

lefty
March 26th, 2012, 06:03 PM
Are there other non-swimming Olympians on the list besides Armstrong?

Glenn
March 26th, 2012, 10:40 PM
Shot Putter Parry O'Brien. Olympic Gold in shot put 1952 and 1956, silver in 1960 and 4th place in 1964.

Parry swam Masters for many years in Southern California. He died while swimming the 500 at the SCY regionals in Santa Clarita in 2007.

ALM
March 27th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Are there other non-swimming Olympians on the list besides Armstrong?

Yes. Click on any name on the list and you'll see the sports and events they competed in, and the countries they represented.

Our Olympian members competed in these Olympic sports:
Cycling
Diving
Kayak
Modern Pentathlon
Open water swimming
Shot put
Swimming
Triathlon
Volleyball

And our Olympian members represented the following countries:
Austria
Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Colombia
Cuba
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
East Germany
Ecuador
Egypt
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Guam
Hungary
Israel
Kazakhstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Mexico
Moldova
Netherlands
New Zealand
Philippines
Poland
Puerto Rico
Romania
Slovakia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Turkey
Unified Team (old USSR countries, I think)
USA
Venezuela
West Germany
Yugoslavia

Debugger
March 28th, 2012, 06:25 AM
WOW! Amazing! :applaud:

knelson
March 28th, 2012, 10:10 AM
Our Olympian members competed in these Olympic sports:
Cycling
Diving
Kayak
Modern Pentathlon
Open water swimming
Shot put
Swimming

I know who this is: Sheila Taormina!

She also competed in triathlon, by the way. Not too shabby making it to the Olympics in three different sports!

ALM
March 28th, 2012, 10:35 AM
Oops, you are correct - I accidentally left Triathlon off the list.

See Sheila's events here: Sheila Taormina (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=852)

There are a couple of other Olympian triathletes on the list as well - Jarrod Shoemaker (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=989) and Gwen Jorgensen (http://www.usms.org/hist/oly/olympian.php?oid=997).

slowcat
April 10th, 2012, 10:47 AM
Zsolt Gaspar?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zsolt_Gaspar

slowcat
April 10th, 2012, 02:18 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istv%C3%A1n_Bath%C3%A1zi

Istvan Bathazi.

gdanner
April 17th, 2012, 01:06 PM
Yun Qu - 1996.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qu_Yun

Rob Copeland
April 17th, 2012, 03:52 PM
USA Today has a great article onliune today about Olympian now Masters swimmer/coach Bey Melamed.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/story/2012-04-12/Munich-1972-When-terrorism-contaminated-the-Olympics/54325220/1

"Can you believe it's been 40 years since Munich?" he is asked.

"Do I have a choice? I can't believe I can't swim 200 butterfly anymore!" he says. "I can't believe this, I can't believe that, but I have to live."

ALM
April 17th, 2012, 05:20 PM
Zsolt Gaspar and Istvan Bathazi have been added to the list. We're working on Yun Qu.

Keep 'em coming!

Anna Lea

Atlantic
April 17th, 2012, 08:19 PM
Ashley Whitney, USA, 1996 Gold Medalist (prelims), 800 free relay.

:)

gdanner
April 18th, 2012, 02:16 PM
Cai Huijue - 1996 (China, 100 m Fly and 4 x 100 Medley relay)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cai_Huijue

gdanner
April 19th, 2012, 09:11 AM
On a correction note: Frédérick Bousquet represented France, not the USA :)