Donna Elizabeth DE VARONA

United States of America USA

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Rome 1960
  • Year of Birth
    1947
Olympic Results

Biography

Donna Elizabeth DE VARONA

At only 13-years-old, Donna de Varona was the youngest member of the 1960 Olympic swim team, but she competed only in the relay heats. By the 1964 Olympics, however, she had become the best known woman swimmer in the world – she had set 18 world records in the interim and won innumerable was voted by both AP and UPI as the top female athlete of 1964, but her success did not end with the Tokyo Olympics. Miss de Varona made the cover of several national magazines in 1964. She used her fame to launch a career in sportscasting, first with ABC and, in more recent years, with NBC. She was the first female sportscaster in the United States and the first to cover the Olympics for television, which she did in 1968, 1972, and 1976. She has also been very active in promoting women's sports, and amateur sports in general. Her activities have included being a member of the Women's Sports Hall of Fame, the President's Commission on Olympic Sports, and a founding member and past president of the Women's Sports Foundation. De Varona's sister, Joanna Kerns, became a well-known actress on American television.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 1964

#5
100 metres Butterfly
100 metres Butterfly Swimming
G
400 metres Individual Medley
400 metres Individual Medley Swimming
G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

G
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming