Thelma Kalama

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Thelma Kalama
Personal information
Full name Thelma H. Kalama
Nickname(s) "Keko"
National team  United States
Born (1931-03-24)March 24, 1931
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died May 17, 1999(1999-05-17) (aged 68)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Hawaii Swim Club

Thelma H. Kalama (March 24, 1931 – May 17, 1999), later known by her married name Thelma Aiu, was an American competition swimmer and Olympic champion. She competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where she won a gold medal in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay, together with her teammates Marie Corridon, Brenda Helser and Ann Curtis. The U.S. relay team set a new Olympic record of 4:29.2 in the event final.[1]

Kalama was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame as a posthumously member of its first class of honorees in 2002.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom – Swimming" Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, Olympic Medalists, Thelma Kalama Aiu. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Wes Nakama, "Hawai'i Hall of Fame to induct first class," Honolulu Advertiser (November 23, 2002). Retrieved October 3, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Thelma Kalama – Olympic athlete profile at