Carolyn Wood (swimmer)

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Carolyn Wood
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Carolyn Wood at the 1960 Olympics.
Personal information
Full name Carolyn Virginia Wood
Nationality  United States
Born (1945-12-18) December 18, 1945 (age 68)
Portland, Oregon
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 132 lb (60 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
Club Multnomah Athletic Club

Carolyn Wood (born December 18, 1945) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Early years[edit]

Wood was born in Portland, Oregon, and swam for the Multnomah Athletic Club swim team in her hometown of Portland.

1960 Olympics[edit]

At the 1960 U.S. Olympic Trials, Wood finished first in the 100-meter butterfly event and was favored to win the gold medal in the event at the Olympics. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, however, during the women's 100-meter butterfly finals, she accidentally swallowed water during the turn and did not finish the race.[1] She did win a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay, together with teammates Joan Spillane, Shirley Stobs and Chris von Saltza. She swam the crucial third leg of the relay, during which she caught up to and passed Australian swimmer Lorraine Crapp and gave a two-foot lead to anchor swimmer von Saltza, who finished the relay in first place to give the Americans the gold medal. The U.S. relay team set a new world record of 4:08.9 in the event final—nine seconds faster than the previous record. Wood also swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the 4x100-meter medley relay, but under the international swimming rules in effect in 1960, she did not receive a medal because she did not swim in the event final. Individually, she competed in the 100-meter freestyle, and finished fourth in the event final with a time of 1:03.4. At the time of the Olympics, Wood was 14 years old and the youngest member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team.[2][3][4]

Life after swimming[edit]

Following the Olympics, Wood returned to her hometown of Portland, Oregon, where she attended Beaverton High School. During one summer, she worked as a lifeguard and was ruled a professional, and was therefore ineligible to swim in college or in subsequent Olympic Games.[2][5] Wood attended the University of Oregon,[6] and became a high school English teacher at Beaverton High.[7] She was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Carolyn Schuler, Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Cluff, Carl (September 16, 1988). "Oregon's Olympians Look Back". The Oregonian. 
  3. ^ Danzig, Allison (August 31, 1960). "Collegian Victor in Breast-Stroke". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  4. ^ "U.s. Women Break Swim Relay Mark". New York Times. September 4, 1960. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  5. ^ a b Schneidermann, Floyd (August 2, 1992). ""Giant Killers" Highlight of Oregon Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies". 
  6. ^ a b "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Wendy Owen (May 18, 2013). "Long-time Beaverton swim coach Rod Harman named to the National High School Hall of Fame". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Carolyn Wood – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • Carolyn Wood – Olympic results at databaseOlympics.com