Martha Norelius

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Martha Norelius
Martha Norelius 1928.jpg
Martha Norelius at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Martha Maria Norelius
Nationality  United States
Born (1909-01-22)January 22, 1909
Stockholm, Sweden
Died September 25, 1955(1955-09-25) (aged 46)
St. Louis, Missouri
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Women's Swimming Association

Martha Maria Norelius (January 22, 1909 – September 25, 1955) was a Swedish-born American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and former multiple world record-holder.

Norelius won three gold medals at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics, in the 400-meter freestyle in 1924, and the 400-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter freestyle relay events in 1928. Between 1925 and 1929, she won 11 individual Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles and set at least 19 world and 30 American records.

Norelius was the daughter of Swedish Olympic swimmer Charles Norelius who was also her swimming coach. In 1929 she turned professional and won the ten-mile Wrigley Marathon in Toronto. There she met Canadian Olympic rower Joseph Wright, Jr., and later married him on March 15, 1930.

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "honor swimmer" in 1967.

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