Meulenkamp with mother in 1952
|Full name||Deliana Meulenkamp|
|National team||United States|
July 3, 1933|
|Died||March 13, 2013
San Francisco, California
Deliana Meulenkamp (July 3, 1933 – March 13, 2013), also known by her married name Delia Dooling, was a Dutch-born American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. She competed in the women's 400-meter freestyle, advanced to the semifinals. She held four American records during her swimming career.
Meulenkamp was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and had a brother Jack. She was the beneficiary of a special act of the U.S. Congress signed by President Truman in order to become a U.S. citizen and compete in the Olympics as an American. She became a media sensation at the 1952 Olympics when the good looks of the "copper-haired American swimmer" attracted the attention of newspaper and magazine photographers. She later worked for Pacific Southwest Airlines and served as athletic director of the Metropolitan Club. She married Jack K. Dooling, a San Francisco attorney, and had two boys with him, John and Matthew. She died in San Francisco aged 79.
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Delia Meulenkamp. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Women's 400 meters Freestyle Semi-Finals. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
- File:Delia Meulenkamp 1952.jpg
- Associated Press, "Picked as 'Queen' of the Olympics," Reading Eagle, p. 30 (July 20, 1952). Retrieved September 8, 2015.
- "Deliana Dooling: Death Notice," San Francisco Chronicle (March 19, 2013). Retrieved September 8, 2015.
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