|Full name||Elaine Tanner|
February 22, 1951 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lb)|
|Strokes||Backstroke, butterfly, freestyle|
Nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" partly because of her small stature (standing barely five feet tall) and partly due to her competitive drive, Tanner had a large impact on Canadian swimming and is considered one of the top performers in the sport.
During the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, Tanner won four gold medals and three silvers, becoming the first woman to ever win four golds at a Commonwealth Games. She won the Lou Marsh Trophy, recognizing her as Canada's best athlete in 1966 — the youngest person to ever receive the award — and was also selected as the country's top athlete overall. The following year at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Tanner won two gold and three silver medals, breaking two world records in the process. Tanner arrived at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City as a heavy medal favorite. She won three Olympic medals in Mexico City, including two individual silver medals and one relay bronze. Suffering from depression, Tanner retired from competition after the 1968 Olympics at just 18 years of age.
Awards and accolades
In 1969, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1971. The Elaine Tanner Award has been presented to Canada’s top junior female athlete since 1972.
Tanner lives in White Rock, British Columbia, with her husband John Watt.
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- World record progression 100 metres backstroke
- World record progression 200 metres backstroke
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