Name: Helene Madison
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): Freestyle
DOB: 6/19/1913
Birthplace: Madison, Wis.
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
High School: Lincoln High School (Tacoma, Wash.)
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1932); Three-time Olympic medalist (3 golds)
  • Los Angeles 1932, gold (100-meter freestyle, 400 freestyle, 4x100 freestyle)
Personal: Born in Wisconsin and moved to Seattle as a child...First woman to swim 100-yard freestyle in one minute flat...Was named Associated Press’ first Female of the Year in 1931...Embarked on an acting career after retiring from competitive swimming...Two Seattle swimming pools are named in her honor...Passed away from throat cancer in 1970 at age 57.