Helene Madison

Helene Madison

Helene Madison was one of the greatest women’s swimmers during the 1930s, having three undefeated seasons during 1930, 1931, and 1932. During the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, Madison won the Women’s 100 M Freestyle, the Women’s 400 M Freestyle, and the Women’s 4x100 M Freestyle Relay. She set a world record time in the 400 Meter Freestyle and 4x100 M Freestyle Relay and an Olympic Record in the 100 M Freestyle. In her career, Madison set a total of 26 world records. After the 1932 Olympic Games, she retired from swimming.


Oral History by Dorothy Poynton

Dorothy Poynton, an American diver, competed in the Olympic in 1928, 1932, and 1936. She won her first medal at the age of 12 in the Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games and continued win a total of two gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal at the Olympic Games during her career.  In the audio clip, Dorothy is talking her Olympic Experience during the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games.