Delia Meulenkamp

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Deliana Meulenkamp
Delia Meulenkamp 1952.jpg
Meulenkamp with mother in 1952
Personal information
Full name Deliana Meulenkamp
Nickname(s) "Delia"
National team  United States
Born (1933-07-03)July 3, 1933
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died March 13, 2013(2013-03-13) (aged 77)
San Francisco, California
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Crystal Plunge

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.[1] She competed in the women's 400-meter freestyle, advanced to the semifinals.[1][2] She held four American records during her swimming career.

Meulenkamp was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and had a brother Jack.[3][1] 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.[4] 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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Delia Meulenkamp. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Women's 400 meters Freestyle Semi-Finals. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  3. ^ File:Delia Meulenkamp 1952.jpg
  4. ^ Associated Press, "Picked as 'Queen' of the Olympics," Reading Eagle, p. 30 (July 20, 1952). Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Deliana Dooling: Death Notice," San Francisco Chronicle (March 19, 2013). Retrieved September 8, 2015.