Shane GOULD

Australia AUS

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Munich 1972
  • Year of Birth
    1956
Olympic Results

Biography

Shane GOULD

Intimidating start

Shane Gould was just 15 years old when she competed in the 1972 Munich Games. However, her reputation was already so fearsome that swimmers from the United States tried to build their own confidence by wearing t-shirts that read "All that glitters is not Gould."

Winning stamina

In Munich, Gould swam 12 races in 8 days, logging 4,200m of competitive swimming in the process. She won her first gold in the 200m individual medley. She went on to win two further golds in the 400m freestyle and 200m freestyle, in which she also set her third world record. She finished her first Olympic Games with a silver medal in the 800m freestyle.

Multiple record-breaker

Between July 1971 and January 1972, Shane Gould set world records in all five internationally recognised freestyle distances: the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m.

Short but sweet

A year after her amazing performance in Munich, Shane Gould retired from competition and stepped away from public life for 25 years. After raising her four children on a farm in Western Australia, she re-emerged and was welcomed as a national hero at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

B
100 metres Freestyle
100 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
200 metres Freestyle
200 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
S
800 metres Freestyle
800 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
200 metres Individual Medley
200 metres Individual Medley Swimming
#8
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
#DNS
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
4 x 100 metres Medley Relay Swimming