Helen Wainwright

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Helen Wainwright
Helen Wainwright.jpg
Wainwright in 1922
Personal information
Full name Helen E. Wainwright
National team  United States
Born (1906-03-15)March 15, 1906
New York, New York
Died October 11, 1965(1965-10-11) (aged 59)
Hampton Bays, New York
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, springboard diving
Club Women's Swimming Association
Helen Wainwright in 1922

Helen E. Wainwright (March 15, 1906 – October 11, 1965), also known by her married name Helen Stelling, was an American competition diver and swimmer who represented the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics and 1924 Summer Olympics.

In 1920 she won the silver medal in the women's 3-meter springboard competition. Four years later, she won the silver medal in the women's 400-meter freestyle event.

Wainwright was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972. She remains the only woman to ever win Olympic silver medals in both swimming and diving.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Helen Wainwright (USA). Retrieved April 9, 2015.

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Preceded by
Women's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 19, 1922 – December 31, 1925
Succeeded by
Ethel McGary