RuizConforto nominated for US Olympic Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS – Former U.S. synchronized swimmer Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, a three-time Olympic medalist, has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and Allstate Insurance Company announced the list of nominees Monday. The nominees include 18 individual Olympic athletes, five Paralympic athletes and five teams. Fans will be able to vote for the athletes and teams they feel are most deserving of a spot in the Class of 2012 at TeamUSA.org/halloffame.
Tracie Ruiz became the first Olympic champion in the history of synchronized swimming, winning gold medals in solo and duet (with Candy Costie) at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where the sport made its Olympic debut.
After retiring and becoming a competitive bodybuilder, Ruiz-Conforto returned to synchronized swimming and won gold medals at the 1987 U.S. National Championships and the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis. She followed that by winning a silver medal in solo at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul.
“It is a great honor for Tracie to be nominated, and we at USA Synchro are very pleased to see that the U.S. Olympic Committee has seen fit to recognize one of our first Olympians," said USA Synchro Executive Director Terry Harper. "No one could be more deserving.”
In addition to her Olympic success, Ruiz-Conforto won six consecutive U.S. National Championships in solo and four titles in duet; gold medals in solo and figures at the 1982 FINA World Championships; and four gold medals at three Pan American Games.
Ruiz-Conforto was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1993.
The public is invited to vote for U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame candidates and teams by visiting a dedicated voting portal at TeamUSA.org/halloffame. Voters will be allowed to vote once per day, per category, through April 9, 2012.
Once voting closes, the public vote totals will be added to the vote totals of Olympians, Paralympians and U.S. Olympic Family members to determine the six Olympians, one Paralympian and one team that will make up the 2012 class. The U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate Class of 2012 will be announced in May and inducted on July 12 during an induction ceremony at the Harris Theater in Chicago.