Shirley Babashoff

United States

Swimming

B: January 31, 1957

Two Time Olympic 4x100 Meter Freestyle Relay Champion

Babashoff earned the unfortunate nickname "Surly Shirley" from reporters at the 1976 Olympics for questioning the legitimacy of the East German swimmers. Babashoff had to settle for four silver medals behind chemically augmented East German swimmers, although she did win a surprising gold medal in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay. When documents from East Germany were made public after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was documented that East German swimmers were part of a state sponsored steroid program. Babashoff won silver medals in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle at the 1972 Olympics, in addition to a gold in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay. She took four more silver medals at the 1973 World Championships in the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle and 4x100 meter freestyle and medley relays. At the 1975 World Championships she captured six medals: gold in the 200 and 400 meter freestyle, silver both relays and the 100 meter freestyle and a bronze in the 800 meter freestyle. Babashoff was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1982 and in 2005 she received the Olympic Order, recognition of her Olympic performance and the gold medals she was denied by athletes using performance enhancing drugs. Had it not been for chemically augmented East German swimmers, Babashoff would have won six gold, three silver and a bronze at the Olympics and eight gold, one silver and one bronze at the World Championships.

SUPERSTARS RECORD
EVENT
PLACE POINTS MONEY
EVENT WINS
1977 Women's Final
10
4
$1,200
None
1980 Women's Final
12
2
$600
None
TOTALS
6
$1,800
0

PERSONAL BESTS
Bowling
113
1977 Women's Final
Points Scored

4

1977 Women's Final


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