Ginny Duenkel

Virginia Ruth Fuldner (née Duenkel; born March 7, 1947), also known as Ginny Fuldner, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Ginny Duenkel
Personal information
Full nameVirginia Ruth Duenkel
National teamUnited States
Born (1947-03-07) March 7, 1947
Orange, New Jersey
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight134 lb (61 kg)
StrokesBackstroke, freestyle
ClubSummit YMCA

At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Duenkel medaled in two individual swimming events as a 17-year-old.[1] First, she won the women's 400-meter freestyle.[1] Then she received a bronze medal in the women's 100-meter backstroke.[1]

Duenkel was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1985.[2]

"Ginny Duenkel Municipal Pool" in her hometown of West Orange, New Jersey was named in her honor. She attended West Orange High School,[3] and then the University of Michigan. The Chris and Ginny Fuldner Aquatic Center in Monett, Missouri is named in honor of Ginny and her husband and her contributions to the sport of swimming in Monett.[4]

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ginny Duenkel Archived November 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Virginia Duenkel (USA). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  3. "World Mark Set By Rose in Swim," The New York Times, p. 16 (August 18, 1962).
  4. Wally Kennedy, "Monett woman recalls moment of triumph during 1964 Olympics," Joplin Globe (August 23, 2008). Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ginny Duenkel". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13.
  • Virginia Duenkel (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame
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