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Bleibtrey, Ethelda (Thel)

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1978 AD, at 76 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Swimmer

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1902 - Born on the 27th of February in Waterford, New York.

1917 - Started swimming to help recover from polio, which she caught.

1919 - She was arrested for "nude swimming"; she removed her stockings at a pool where it was forbidden to bare "the lower female extremities for public bathing".

1920 - American swimmer who overcame a crippling illness to win three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Antwerp.

1922 - She turned professional.

1925 - She was credited with rescuing a woman and her two sons in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.

1928 - She was arrested for swimming in the Central Park reservoir while demonstrating for more public swimming facilities in New York City.

1978 - She died on the 6th of May in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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