Melissa Belote

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Melissa Belote
Personal information
Full name Melissa Louise Belote
Nationality  United States
Born (1956-10-16) October 16, 1956 (age 57)
Washington, D.C.
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 132 lb (60 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke
Club Solotar Swim Club; Springfield Swim and Racquet Club
College team Arizona State University

Melissa Louise Belote (born October 16, 1956) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in two events. She represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics and 1976 Summer Olympics.

Belote was born in Washington, D.C. She grew up in Springfield, Virginia , was a member of the Springfield Swim and Racquet Club, and attended Robert E. Lee High School in Fairfax County, Virginia.[1]

At 15 years old, she won three gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games. In the 100-meter backstroke, Belote defeated her American teammate and record holder Susie Atwood. In the 200-meter backstroke, Belote set a new world record of 2:19.19.

She retired from the sport in 1979, and was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1983.[2]

She currently coaches swim and dive at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona and coaches for Rio Salado Swim Team.

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  1. ^ Shampoe, Clay (2005). The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Chicago, IL: Acadia Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-7385-1776-6. 
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Melissa Belote (USA). Retrieved October 21, 2012.

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