Name: Shirley Babashoff
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 100-meter Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle, 4x100
DOB: 1/31/1957
Birthplace: Whittier, Calif.
Hometown: Fountain Valley, Calif.
High School: Fountain Valley High School (Fountain Valley, Calif.)
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1972, 1976); nine-time Olympic medalist (3 golds, 6 silvers)
  • Munich 1972, gold (4x100-meter freestyle, 4x100 medley), silver (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle)
  • Montreal 1976, gold (4x100 freestyle), silver (200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle, 4x100 medley)
Personal: Daughter of Jack Babashoff and Vera Slivkoff...Has three siblings, Jack, Deborah and Bill, all of whom became competitive swimmers...Father, Jack, was a swim instructor...Set 37 national records throughout competitive career...Coached swimming at Fountain Valley High School and led to its first-ever California Interscholastic Federation Championship in girls’ swimming...Received the Olympic Order in 2005, the highest award of the Olympic Movement.