Name: Debbie Meyer
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 200-meter Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle
DOB: 8/14/1952
Birthplace: Annapolis, Md.
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
High School: Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1968); three-time Olympic medalist (3 golds)
  • Mexico City 1968, gold (200-meter freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle)
Personal: Suffered from asthma as a child...Trained under U.S. Olympic coach Sherman Chavoor, who pioneered the technique of training for shorter races by swimming longer distances...Set 15 individual world records throughout her competitive career, including five in the 800-meter freestyle and four in the 1,500 freestyle...Received the James E. Sullivan Award in 1968 as the most outstanding American amateur athlete...Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1977.