Sharon Stouder

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Sharon Stouder
Sharon Stouder 1965.jpg
Sharon Stouder in 1965
Personal information
Full name Sharon Marie Stouder
National team United States
Born (1948-11-09)November 9, 1948
Altadena, California
Died June 23, 2013(2013-06-23) (aged 64)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, butterfly
Club Commerce Swim Club

Sharon Marie Stouder (November 9, 1948 – June 23, 2013), also known by her married name Sharon Stouder Clark, was an American competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in four events.[1]

As a 15-year-old, she won three gold medals and one silver at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[2] She won the women's 100-meter butterfly, and was a member of the winning U.S. teams in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the women's 4×100-meter medley relay.[2] She also took second place in the women's 100-meter freestyle, finishing behind Australian Dawn Fraser, for a total of four medals.[2]

Stouder swam sprint butterfly and sprint freestyle. She was the second woman in history to go under the one-minute barrier in the 100-meter freestyle, the event she got her silver medal in at the 1964 Olympics. In 1964 she twice broke the world record in the women's 200-meter butterfly.

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972.[3] Stouder died June 23, 2013; she was 64 years old.[4] She was survived by her son and daughter.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Braden Keith, "Queen of 1964 Olympics Sharon Stouder Passes Away at 64," (July 10, 2013). Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Sharon Stouder. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Sharon stouder (USA). Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Former resident Sharon Stouder Clark set the bar for female Olympians," Los Altos Town Crier (July 24, 2013). Retrieved March 13, 2015.

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Preceded by

Susan Pitt
Women's 200-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

July 12, 1964 – August 15, 1965
Succeeded by

Kendis Moore
Preceded by

Ada Kok
Women's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

October 16, 1964 – August 14, 1965
Succeeded by

Ada Kok