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Babashoff, Shirley

Born: 1957 AD
Currently alive, at 58 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Athlete

Shirley Babashoff is a former swimmer from the United States.


1957 – Shirley Babashoff was born in Whittier, California.


1972 – Won a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle relay in both the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.


1975 – Gold medal for 400 meter freestyle relay.


1976 – Summer Olympics in Montreal, she took a silver medal in four events as the competition was dominated by the East German swimmers.


1982 – She was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


         – Referred to as "Surly Shirley" because of her public accusations of cheating by the East German swimmers.


         – Her brother Jack Babashoff was also an Olympic swimmer.


Long after her Olympic career ended, she became a single mother and took a job with the United States Post Office delivering mail in Orange County, California.