Mann, Shelley (1937–)

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Mann, Shelley (1937–)

American swimmer. Born Oct 15, 1937, in Arlington, VA.

Crippled by polio (1943); won U.S. national championship (1951); was the 1st woman to win a gold medal in the inaugural 100-meter butterfly at Melbourne Olympics (1956), and also went home with a silver medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay; held records in backstroke, freestyle, individual medley, and butterfly. Inducted into Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame (1966).

See also Women in World History.