Helene Madison

1913 - 1970

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Helene Emma Madison (June 19, 1913 – November 27, 1970) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.Madison won three gold medals in freestyle event at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, becoming, along with Romeo Neri of Italy, the most successful athlete at the 1932 Olympics: women's 100-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, and 4×100-meter freestyle relay.In sixteen months in 1930 and 1931, she broke sixteen world records in various distances. Following the 1932 Olympics she appeared in the films The Human Fish and The Warrior's Husband and hence, as a professional, was not allowed to participate in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. After her swimming career, she had odd jobs as a swimming instructor, department store clerk and a nurse. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helene Madison has received more than 40,687 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Helene Madison is the 28th most popular swimmer (up from 35th in 2019), the 6,446th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,671st in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Swimmer.

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Among swimmers, Helene Madison ranks 28 out of 392Before her are Greta Andersen, George Hodgson, George Kojac, Ferenc Csik, Clarke Scholes, and Shigeo Arai. After her are Đurđica Bjedov, Hilde Schrader, Frederick Lane, Matt Biondi, Bill Smith, and Aileen Riggin.

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Among people born in 1913, Helene Madison ranks 228Before her are Hans-Peter Tschudi, Taos Amrouche, Guillermo Haro, Sándor Tarics, Ferenc Csik, and Anna Lee. After her are William Inge, Anni Steuer, Arne Nyberg, Mary Martin, Cornelius Johnson, and Ólafur Jóhannesson. Among people deceased in 1970, Helene Madison ranks 173Before her are Alexandros Chalkokondylis, Hélène Sparrow, Anna Louise Strong, Inger Stevens, Slim Harpo, and Vano Muradeli. After her are Arne Nyberg, Adam Rapacki, Alexandros Othonaios, Shoichi Sakata, Alice Hamilton, and Paul Fritsch.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Helene Madison ranks 6,446 out of 15,968Before her are Margaret Osborne duPont (1918), Theodore Roberts (1861), Michael J. Adams (1930), Maynard James Keenan (1964), Jimmy Giuffre (1921), and Helen Jacobs (1908). After her are Gary Merrill (1915), Eddie Cheever (1958), Jim Steinman (1947), William Inge (1913), Frank O'Hara (1926), and Anthony Kennedy (1936).

Among SWIMMERS In United States

Among swimmers born in United States, Helene Madison ranks 11Before her are Don Schollander (1946), Ann Curtis (1926), Ethelda Bleibtrey (1902), Charles Daniels (1885), George Kojac (1910), and Clarke Scholes (1930). After her are Matt Biondi (1965), Bill Smith (1924), Aileen Riggin (1906), Albina Osipowich (1911), Ford Konno (1933), and Wally Ris (1924).