Tracie Ruiz

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Tracie Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto
Nationality  United States
Born (1963-02-04) February 4, 1963 (age 51)
Honolulu, USA
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 121 lb (55 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Synchronized swimming
Club Arizona Wildcats
Coach Charlotte Jennings Davis
Updated on 20 November 2014.

Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto (born February 4, 1963 in Hawaii) is a three-times Olympic medalist[1] from the United States in synchronized swimming.

Tracie excelled in both the solo and duet routines, winning a total of 41 gold medals during her career at national and international level.[2] In the women's solo event Ruiz achieved consecutive victories at the 1983 and 1987 Pan American Games, and she was the inaugural champion [3] at the 1984 Summer Olympics. She narrowly missed out on a further gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics, settling for silver after having been beaten by her Canadian rival, Carolyn Waldo.[4] Her domination of the event at the national level resulted in first place at all six US championships between 1981 and 1986.

She enjoyed a successful partnership with fellow American, Candy Costie,[5] which included a silver medal in the women's duet at the 1982 World Aquatics Championships in Guayaquil. Over the next few years they increased their medal haul, winning gold at both the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Summer Olympics. Their partnership also extended to winning four US national championships and one NCAA national championship.[2]

In June 1985, she married Michael Anthony Conforto, a former Penn State football player who had helped her train for the Olympics. Their son, Michael Conforto, plays professional baseball in the New York Mets organization.[6]

Awards[edit]

Tracie Ruiz was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1993.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tracie Ruiz Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Tracie Ruiz profile at international swimming Hall of Fame". ishof.org. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "1984 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States – Synchronized Swimming". databaseOlympics.com. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Dodds, Tracy (September 30, 1988). "Ruiz-Conforto Second as Waldo Takes Gold". Los Angeles Times (USA). Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Faber, Nancy (April 16, 1984). "Candy Costie and Tracie Ruiz Are at Their Most Buoyant When They Get That Synching Feeling". People (USA). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ DiComo, Anthony (June 6, 2014). "Mets fill organizational need with outfielder Conforto". mlb.com (USA). Retrieved 21 November 2014.