Ginny Duenkel

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Ginny Duenkel
Personal information
Full name Virginia Ruth Duenkel
Nickname(s) "Ginny"
National team United States
Born (1947-03-07) March 7, 1947 (age 70)
Orange, New Jersey
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, freestyle
Club Summit YMCA

Virginia Ruth Duenkel (born March 7, 1947), also known by her married name Ginny Fuldner, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Duenkel medaled in two individual swimming events as a 17-year-old.[1] First, she won the women's 400-meter freestyle.[1] Then she received a bronze medal in the women's 100-meter backstroke.[1]

Duenkel was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1985.[2]

"Ginny Duenkel Municipal Pool" in her hometown of West Orange, New Jersey was named in her honor. She attended West Orange High School,[3] and then the University of Michigan. The Chris and Ginny Fuldner Aquatic Center in Monett, Missouri is named in honor of Ginny and her husband and her contributions to the sport of swimming in Monett.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ginny Duenkel Archived November 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Virginia Duenkel (USA). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "World Mark Set By Rose in Swim," The New York Times, p. 16 (August 18, 1962).
  4. ^ Wally Kennedy, "Monett woman recalls moment of triumph during 1964 Olympics," Joplin Globe (August 23, 2008). Retrieved November 15, 2014.

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