On This Day

Shane Gould

Profession: Swimmer

Nationality:
Australia
Australian

Why Famous: Won three Olympic gold medals in 1972.

Born: November 23, 1956
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Age: 64 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Historical Events

  • 1972-08-28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games
  • 1972-08-29 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia
  • 1972-08-30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-01 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • 1972-09-03 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • 1973-02-11 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)

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