Susie Atwood

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Susie Atwood
Personal information
Full name Susanne Jean Atwood
Nickname(s) "Susie"
Nationality  United States
Born (1953-06-05) June 5, 1953 (age 61)
Long Beach, California
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 146 lb (66 kg)
Sport Swimming
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.[1] She competed in the preliminary heats of the women's 200-meter backstroke, recording a time of 2:35.2, but did not advance.[1]

She garnered significant success three years later at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, where she received three medals.[2] She received silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events, and a bronze in the 400-meter individual medley.[2]

Before the 1972 Olympics, she held the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (2:21.5),[3] though her record would be broken in Munich.

Atwood won two medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.[4] 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).[1] 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.[1]

Atwood was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1992.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Susie Atwood. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  2. ^ a b, Sports History, Pan American Games: Women's Swimming Medalists. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^, Athletes, Susan Atwood. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  5. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Susie Atwood (USA). Retrieved October 21, 2012.

External links[edit]

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