Helene Madison

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Helene Madison (left) in Seattle in 1949

Helene Eleanor Madison (born June 19, 1913 in Madison , † November 27, 1970 in Seattle ) was an American swimmer .

Helene Madison was the US team's female swimming star at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles . She won the gold medal in the 100 m and 400 m freestyle . With the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay , she was able to add a third gold medal. Due to a short time as a professional swimmer and her roles in the films The Human Fish (1932) and The Warrior's Husband (1933), she was not allowed to participate in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin .

The first woman to Madison in 1931 with the Sportsman of the Year award from the Associated Press honored. In 1966 she was inducted into the international swimming sport hall of fame .

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