Ginny Duenkel

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Ginny Duenkel
Personal information
Full name Virginia Ruth Duenkel
Nickname(s) "Ginny"
Nationality  United States
Born (1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 67)
Orange, New Jersey
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke, freestyle
Club Summit YMCA

Virginia Ruth Duenkel (March 7, 1947) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Duenkel medaled in two individual swimming events as a 17-year old.[1] First, she won a gold medal for her first-place finish in the women's 400-meter freestyle.[1] Then she received a bronze medal for her third-place performance in the women's 100-meter backstroke.[1]

Duenkel inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1985.[2]

"Ginny Duenkel Municipal Pool" in her hometown of West Orange, New Jersey was named in her honor. She attended West Orange High School.[3] The Chris and Ginny Fuldner Aquatic Center in Monett, Missouri is named in honor of Ginny and her husband and her contributions to the sport of swimming in Monett.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ginny Duenkel. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Virginia Duenkel (USA). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "World Mark Set By Rose in Swim," The New York Times, p. 16 (August 18, 1962).
  4. ^ Wally Kennedy, "Monett woman recalls moment of triumph during 1964 Olympics," Joplin Globe (August 23, 2008). Retrieved November 15, 2014.

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