Thelma Kalama

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Thelma Kalama
Personal information
Nickname(s) "Keko"
Nationality  United States
Born (1931-03-24)March 24, 1931
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died May 17, 1999(1999-05-17) (aged 68)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Hawaii Swim Club

Thelma H. Kalama (March 24, 1931 – May 17, 1999) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion. She competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, where she won a gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, together with her teammates Marie Corridon, Brenda Helser and Ann Curtis. The U.S. relay team set a new Olympic record of 4:29.2 in the event final.[1]

Kalama was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame as a posthumously member of its first class of honorees in 2002.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom – Swimming" Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, Olympic Medalists, Thelma Kalama Aiu. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Wes Nakama, "Hawai'i Hall of Fame to induct first class," Honolulu Advertiser (November 23, 2002). Retrieved October 3, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Thelma Kalama – Olympic athlete profile at