Name: Donna de Varona
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter Butterfly, 400 Individual Medley, 4x100 Freestyle
Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
Hometown: Santa Clara, Calif.
High School: Santa Clara High School (Santa Clara, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1960, 1964); three-time Olympic medalist (3 golds)
  • Rome 1960, gold (4x100-meter freestyle)
  • Tokyo 1964, gold (4x100 freestyle, 400 individual medley)
Personal: Daughter of David and Martha de Varona...Has three siblings, Joanna, Kurt and David...Was the youngest member of the U.S. swimming team at the Olympic Games Rome 1960 at 13 years old...At age 17, became the first women to cover sports on network television for ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”...Served as a television personality on NBC Sports, ABC’s “Eyewitness News” in New York and the “TODAY Show”...Served as vice president of ABC Sports...Former chair of the USOC’s public relations and information committee...Named the Theodore Roosevelt Award winner by the NCAA Honors Committee in 2003.