Wendy Weinberg

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Wendy Weinberg
Personal information
Full nameWendy Weinberg
National teamUnited States
Born (1958-06-27) June 27, 1958 (age 60)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight126 lb (57 kg)
ClubHomewood Aquatics Club
College teamUniversity of Virginia
University of North Carolina

Wendy Weinberg (now Wendy Weinberg Weil; born June 27, 1958) is an American former competition swimmer who was an Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and Maccabiah Games medalist.[1]

At the 1973 Maccabiah Games, she won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle.[2] She won a total of four gold medals in the 1973 Maccabiah Games.[3][4]

In 1975, she established an American record in the 200-meter butterfly, swimming it in 2:18.2 at the West German Bremen Swimfest.[1] That year she also won a gold medal and set a new Pan American Games record in Mexico City in the 800-meter freestyle, winning it in 9:05.47.[1]

She attended and swam for the University of Virginia on a swimming scholarship, where she was an All American.[5][6][7][8] She transferred to the University of North Carolina, and earned an MS at UNC Chapel Hill, as well as received a Graduate Certificate in Physical Therapy from Emory University.[8][5]

Weinberg represented the United States at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec. She won a bronze medal in the women's 800-meter freestyle for placing third (8:42.60), following East German Petra Thumer (8:37.14), and American teammate Shirley Babashoff (8:37.59).[1][9]

At the 1977 Maccabiah Games (the "Jewish Olympics"), Weinberg – who is Jewish[1][9][10][11] – won six gold medals and two silver medals.[12][13][14] Among her golds was a win in the 200-meter freestyle (in 2:08.96), the 200-meter butterfly, the 400-meter freestyle,[15] and a win in the 4×100-meter medley relay team which she was captain of (in 4:10.09).[13][16][17] One silver was in the 100-yard freestyle.[17]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Bob Wechsler. Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Swedish Star Wins 7th Gold". Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Swim Across America: Wendy Weinberg Weil
  4. ^ Frank R. Comfort
  5. ^ a b Olympic Moments: Wendy Weil | Washingtonian
  6. ^ Wendy Weinberg Weil – Honor Athlete - Maryland Swimming
  7. ^ Gold Medal-Winning U.Va. Student Lauren Perdue To Be Honored at Feb. 3 Game | UVA Today
  8. ^ a b Wendy Weinberg Weil - Swim Across America
  9. ^ a b Joseph Siegman. Jewish sports legends: the International Jewish Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  10. ^ Fred Skolnik, Michael Berenbaum (2007). Encyclopaedia Judaica. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  11. ^ "Olympic Games". Jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  12. ^ "Weinberg captures six gold medals, two silvers in Maccabiah Games". The Baltimore Sun. July 19, 1977. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Bergman Captures Third Gold Medal". July 16, 1977. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  14. ^ "Sports in the United States". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "U.S. Athletes Excel at Games in Israel". The New York Times. July 14, 1977.
  16. ^ "x". Retrieved March 19, 2011.
  17. ^ a b "Weinberg wins gold medal, silver in Maccabiah Games". The Baltimore Sun. July 14, 1977. Retrieved March 19, 2011.

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