Wendy Boglioli

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Wendy Boglioli
Personal information
Full name Wendy Lou Lansbach Boglioli
Nationality  United States
Born (1955-03-06) March 6, 1955 (age 59)
Merrill, Wisconsin
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Central Jersey Aquatic Club
College team Monmouth College

Wendy Lou Lansbach Boglioli (born March 6, 1955) is an American former swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. After retiring from competition swimming, she became a coach, and later, a motivational speaker. She grew up in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin.[1]

1976 Montréal Olympics[edit]

She is best known for winning the gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay in world record time at the 1976 Montréal Olympics with teammates Shirley Babashoff, Kim Peyton and Jill Sterkel. The gold was particularly crucial to the U.S. women's team as it was the only gold medal awarded to them during the games.

Life after the Olympics[edit]

Boglioli served as assistant coach of the Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team at Yale University, together with her husband Bernie Boglioli, before embarking on a career as a motivational speaker and spokesperson.

Boglioli began competitive track cycling at the age of 40. She competed in the 1995 and 1996 U.S. Masters Track Cycling National Championship where she earned a total of 8 Gold Medals.(USA Masters Track Cycling, USCF). She also competed in the Senior National Track Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1996.(USCF)

In 1997, she entered the long-term care insurance field, and currently serves as national spokeswoman for Genworth Financial's Long Term Care Division. Her trademarked In the Arms of Women initiative is the first of its kind in the industry to recognize the distinctive needs of women clients. She continues to address the long term care needs of families focusing both on becoming financially sound and physically strong throughout life.

Wendy travels throughout the country giving motivational speeches to both corporations and social groups entitled "Finding the Champion Within".

Her passion for swimming continues to expand working with triathletes in the pool on a one on one basis. In 2008, she appeared in a BBC-produced documentary (airing on PBS) titled "Doping for Gold" which later was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Documentary category [2][3]

Together with her husband of thirty-three years, she resides outside of Seattle, Washington, and has three children and two grandchildren. In 2004, she was honored as a Distinguished Alumna of Monmouth University.[4] She was also inducted into Monmouth University's Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 [5]

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