Lynn Skrifvars

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Lynn Skrifvars
Lynn Skrifvars and Mary Montgomery 1972.jpg
Skrifvars (left) at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Lynn Ellen Skrifvars
National team United States
Born (1951-02-08) February 8, 1951 (age 66)
Lynwood, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, freestyle
Club Phillips 66

Lynn Ellen Skrifvars (born February 8, 1951), also known by her married name Lynn Nelson, is an American former competition swimmer who won a gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle at the 1971 Pan American Games. Next year she swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. 4×100 m team at the 1972 Olympics, but did not receive a medal because she did not swim in the final. Individually, she competed in the preliminary heats of the 200-meter backstroke.[1]

Skrifvars earned a degree in physical therapy from the California State University, Long Beach and later worked as a physiotherapist. She also competed in masters swimming events.[1]


  1. ^ a b, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Lynn Skrifvars. Retrieved October 20, 2012.