While Katie Ledecky wowed the Olympic audiences with her 4 gold, 1 silver medal performance at the Rio Olympics and demonstrated her range of prowess from the 200m freestyle to the 800m freestyle, her stellar performances reminded us of the 1968 exploits of Debbie Meyer and the 1976 swims of Shirley Babashoff.
Yesterday in Sacramento, California Senators Moorlach and Nguyen honored Huntington Beach native and Olympic medalist Babashoff with a state resolution to highlight her community involvement and her many accomplishments at the Olympics and beyond.
“During the 1976 Olympics, Ms. Babashoff led [the American swim] team and was vilified for exposing the East German’s steroid use which would be confirmed years later in documents from the East German secret police.
Ranked among the greatest swimming feats of all time, Ms. Babashoff’s greatest Olympic performance occurred during the 1976 [USA] Olympic Trials, where she won every freestyle event and the 400-meter individual medley, broke the world record for the 800-meter freestyle, and set six U.S. records, including three events in the heats and three in the finals. Today, she lives and works in Orange County, California, where she serves the community with the same bright spirit she displayed while competing in the Olympics.”
“Shirley Babashoff has been a source of great joy and pride to the people of California,” said Senator Moorlach. “I am so proud to honor an Olympic athlete of her caliber. Shirley possessed the skill and determination to succeed in the Olympics and now displays the same spirit as she serves her community.”
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