|Shane Elizabeth Gould|
|Swimming style (s) :||Freestyle, layers|
|Birthday:||November 23, 1956|
|Place of birth:||Sydney , New South Wales|
As a 14-year-old Gould set the world record in the 100 m freestyle in 58.9 seconds, and as a 15-year-old she was the most successful swimmer at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich . She was considered the female counterpart to the American swimmer Mark Spitz and won gold medals in the 200 m and 400 m freestyle, as well as over 200 m individual medley in world record times. She also won the silver medal in the 800 m freestyle and the bronze medal in the 100 m freestyle. The Australian teenager swam into the hearts of the Munich audience.
Shane Gould is to this day the only female swimmer who simultaneously held the world records on all freestyle courses from 100 m to 1500 m. In total, she swam 13 world records between 1971 and 1973. She started her international career at the age of 13 and ended her career after the Munich Olympics at the age of just 16. In 1977 she was inducted into the international swimming pool 's hall of fame .
At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney she was one of six outstanding women in Australian sports history, alongside Betty Cuthbert , Raelene Boyle , Dawn Fraser , Shirley Strickland de la Hunty and Debbie Flintoff-King , who carried the torch with the Olympic flame through the round of the Olympic Stadium before Cathy Freeman lit the flame.
- Tumble Turns , HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2003.
- "The great Olympia Lexicon", Sport-Bild from June 19, 1996, p. 40
- Sydney Olympic Park: Eight Women - Urban Art
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Gould, Shane Elizabeth (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Australian swimmer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 23, 1956|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sydney|