Eleanor Holm

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Eleanor Holm 1932

Eleanor Holm Whalen (born December 6, 1913 in Brooklyn , † January 31, 2004 in Miami ) was an American swimmer . She set seven world records and won 29 national championship titles.

After her first Olympic participation in 1928, she won the gold medal over 100 m back at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles . In 1932 she was voted one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of the Year.

The third Olympic start in Berlin in 1936 was denied to Eleanor Holm after she was excluded from the team by the then President of the American Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage , on the nine-day crossing from New York City to Cherbourg . The good-looking and extremely fun-loving swimming diva had celebrated extravagant parties with the journalists every evening. She was then hired by the Associated Press to cover the Olympic Games on site.

After the end of her athletic career, she appeared in 1938 as Jane in a Tarzan film and in swimming shows together with Johnny Weissmüller and Buster Crabbe . In 1966 she was inducted into the international swimming sport hall of fame .

Eleanor Holm was married to bandleader and singer Art Jarrett from 1933 to 1938 . In 1939 she married the theater producer and songwriter Billy Rose . This marriage lasted until 1954. A few months later she married a third time. Eleanor Holm died of kidney failure at the age of 90 .

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  1. https://theolympians.co/2017/05/24/eleanor-holm-part-2-avery-brundages-bain-at-the-1936-berlin-olympics/