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Bleibtrey, Ethelda

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1978 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Swimmer

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.