|Full name||Deborah Elizabeth Meyer|
August 14, 1952 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg)|
|Club||Arden Hills Swim Club|
Deborah Elizabeth Meyer (born August 14, 1952) is an American former competition swimmer, a three-time Olympic champion, and a former world record-holder at three distances. Meyer won the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle swimming races in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. While she was still a 16-year old student at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California, she became the first swimmer to win three individual gold medals in one Olympics.
Meyer is still the only woman Olympian to win three individual freestyle swimming gold medals in one Olympics, namely the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle events. No swimmer has ever done this in any other combination of distances.
Meyer set world records in 200-meter, 400-meter, and 800-meter freestyle swimming events at the U.S. Olympics trials. Her winning times at the Olympic Games were 2:10.5 for 200-meter, 4:31.8 for the 400-meter, and 9:24.0 for the 800-meter distances, all of them new or first-time Olympic records.
In 1968, the women's freestyle races at 200-meter and 800-meter distances were added to the Summer Olympics for the first time. Before this, the longest race for women was the 400-meter freestyle, despite the fact that the male competitors had had the 1,500-meter freestyle race (the metric mile) for decades, dating back to 1896.
Meyer also broke 24 American records and she won 19 championships in the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States. In 1968, she won the James E. Sullivan Award. In 1969, she was named Associated Press Athlete of the Year. In 1972, Meyer retired from competitive swimming.
On July 5, 2004, Meyer was inducted into the American National High School Hall of Fame. In memory of her Olympic achievements, Meyer has ordered and used the custom California automobile license plate 3GOLD68.
Meyer is married to Bill Weber. She owns the Debbie Meyer Swim School in Carmichael, California. According to the business website, Meyer has taught swimming in the area around Sacramento, California since the 1970s, and she opened her own school in 1993. Along with teaching both children and adults to be safe in the water Meyer is coaching the Truckee Tahoe Swim Team in Truckee, California.
Meyer has a daughter, son, and step-daughter.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- List of University of California, Los Angeles people
- World record progression 200 metres freestyle
- World record progression 400 metres freestyle
- World record progression 800 metres freestyle
- World record progression 1500 metres freestyle
- "AHEAD OF HER TIME DEBBIE MEYER DIDN'T CASH IN ON OLYMPIC SUCCESS, BUT SHE'S A HALL OF FAMER", The Sacramento Bee, September 20. 1987. Accessed November 29, 2007. "The swimmer was Debbie Meyer, then a 16-year-old Rio Americano High School student."
- U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 1986, United States Olympic Team.[dead link]
- Debbie Meyer – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- Debbie Meyer (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
- DebbieMeyerSwimSchool.net – Official website of Debbie Meyer Swim School
|Women's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record holder (long course)
July 9, 1967 – December 12, 1971