|Full name||Susanne Jean Atwood|
June 5, 1953 |
Long Beach, California
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||146 lb (66 kg)|
|Stroke(s)||Backstroke, individual medley|
|Club||Lakewood Aquatic Club|
Susanne Jean Atwood (born June 5, 1953) is an American former competition swimmer, two-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in two events.
Atwood represented the United States as a 15-year-old at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. She competed in the preliminary heats of the women's 200-meter backstroke, recording a time of 2:35.2, but did not advance.
She garnered significant success three years later at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, where she received three medals. She received silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events, and a bronze in the 400-meter individual medley.
Before the 1972 Olympics, she held the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (2:21.5), though her record would be broken in Munich.
Atwood won two medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. She received the silver medal for her second-place performance (2:20.38) in the women's 200-meter backstroke, finishing behind American Melissa Belote, who set a new world record time in the event (2:19.19). She also received a bronze medal for her third-place finish in the women's 100-metyer backstroke, coming behind Belote and Hungarian Andrea Gyarmati.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- World record progression 200 metres backstroke
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres medley relay
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Susie Atwood. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- HickokSports.com, Sports History, Pan American Games: Women's Swimming Medalists. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- Associated Press, "Susan Atwood, Olympic swimming team hopeful: Thought of gold in Munich drives swimmer to excel," Eugene Register-Guard, p. 5A (August 19, 1972). Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- databaseOlympics.com, Athletes, Susan Atwood. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Susie Atwood (USA). Retrieved October 21, 2012.
- Susie Atwood – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- Susie Atwood (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame