Shelley Mann

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Shelley Mann
Personal information
Full name Shelley Isabel Mann
Nationality  United States
Born (1937-10-15) October 15, 1937 (age 77)
New York, New York
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
Club Walter Reed Swim Club

Shelley Isabel Mann (born October 15, 1937) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic medalist. At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, she won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter butterfly event, and was a member of the runner-up U.S. team that won the silver medal for the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

Mann caught polio aged six and took up swimming to aid her recovery.[1] She was a student at the American University in Washington, D.C.

She was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

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  1. ^ "“At the age of five she had polio. … Her parents took her daily to a swimming pool where they hoped the water would help hold her arms up as she tried to use them again. When she could lift her arm out of the water with her own power, she cried for joy. Then her goal was to swim the width of the pool, then the length, then several lengths. She kept on trying, swimming, enduring, day after day after day, until she won the gold medal for the butterfly stroke—one of the most difficult of all swimming strokes” (Marvin J. Ashton, April 1975 General Conference Report)"

External links[edit]

  • Shelley Mann – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Shelley Mann (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame