Kim Peyton

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Kim Peyton
Peyton on left with Drew McDonald, Barbara Peyton and Chris Dorst, with their Olympic medals in fall 1984
Personal information
Full name Kimberly Marie Peyton
Nickname(s) "Kim"
National team United States
Born (1957-01-26)January 26, 1957
Hood River, Oregon
Died December 13, 1986(1986-12-13) (aged 29)
Stanford, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 141 lb (64 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club David Douglas Swim Club
College team Stanford University

Kimberly Marie Peyton (January 26, 1957 – December 13, 1986), also known by her married name Kimberly McDonald, was an American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics. She was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, three years after her death at age 29 from a brain tumor.

Youth and high school[edit]

Peyton set three national swimming records when she was only 9 and 10 years old.[1]

She swam for the David Douglas High School Swim Club in Portland, Oregon, where she held numerous Oregon Class 4A swim records including 200-yard medley relay (1974, 1975, 1976); 200-yard freestyle (1972, 1974, 1975); 50-yard freestyle (1971); 100-yard freestyle (1972, 1974); 500-yard freestyle (1975); 200-yard freestyle relay (1971, 1972); 400-yard freestyle relay (1974, 1975); 400-yard freestyle (1971).[2]

Oregon Girls Swimming Title[edit]

Peyton broke her own Oregon 17–18 girls 400-meter freestyle record on August 1, 1974. This record time of 4:20.35 was to stand until July 26, 1997 when Lauren Thies set a new time of 4:15.97.[3]

Pan American Games[edit]

She participated in two Pan American Games: in 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, and the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City. In 1971, she won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle; in 1975, she won four gold medals: in the 100m freestyle,[4] the 200m freestyle, the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay, and the 4 × 100 m medley relay.[5] She was chosen as United States' flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the 1975 games held at Aztec Stadium.[6]


Peyton represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich as a backup swimmer.[1] In the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, she won a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with teammates Jill Sterkel, Shirley Babashoff, and Wendy Boglioli, setting a new world record with a time of 3:44.82. This record would stand until August 26, 1978, when another United States swim team of Cynthia Woodhead, Jill Sterkel, Stephanie Elkins and Tracy Caulkins broke it with a time of 3:43.43 in West Berlin.[7]

Stanford University[edit]

Peyton attended Stanford University, where she swam for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team. At Stanford, she met her husband Drew McDonald, who won a silver medal as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic water polo team.[8]

Oregon Sports Hall of Fame[edit]

Peyton-McDonald was honored in 1975 with the Bill Hayward Johnny Carpenter Prep athlete of the year award as the Outstanding Amateur Athlete in Oregon.[9] In 1989, she was inducted posthumously into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.[1][10]


Peyton-McDonald died on December 13, 1986 at the age of 29 as a result of an inoperable brain tumor that she first disclosed to the public in 1979.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Kim Peyton". Oregon Stars. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ "OSAA 4A Girls' Swimming and Diving Individual Champions" (PDF). Oregon State Athletic Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 11, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ "17–18 Long Course Meters Records Progression". Oregon Swimming, Inc. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Kim Peyton goes for fourth gold medal in Mexico City". YouTube. 
  5. ^ "Pan American Games – Swimming and Diving". Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  6. ^ "1976 United States Oympic Book (Part 2) Innsbruck '76" (PDF). Printed: Olympische Sport Bibliothek, Munich Management, Roland Wolf, West Germany. New York, New York: USOC. p. 301 (Photo with caption). Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Swimming:World Record progression Women 4x100m Freestyle Relay" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2003. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Stanford University Olympic Medalists". Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 
  9. ^ The Oregon Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association (January 31, 1977), 29th Annual Bill Hayward Banquet of Champions, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame 
  10. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Kim Peyton-McDonald". The New York Times. December 15, 1986. Retrieved January 7, 2008. 


External links[edit]

  • Kim Peyton – Olympic Games results at