Nina Harmer

Nina Adams Harmer (born December 11, 1945), also known by her married name Nina Thompson, is an American former competition swimmer and Pan American Games gold medalist.

Nina Harmer
Personal information
Full nameNina Adams Harmer
National teamUnited States
Born (1945-12-11) December 11, 1945
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight141 lb (64 kg)
ClubVesper Boat Club

Harmer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and trained with the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia.[1] As a 14-year-old, she represented the United States at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[1] She competed in the women's 100-meter backstroke, but did not advance beyond the preliminary heats.[1]

At the 1963 Pan American Games in São Paulo, Brazil, she won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter backstroke.[2][3]

A year later at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Harmer swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4×100-meter medley relay.[4] She did not receive a medal under the 1964 international swimming rules because she did not swim in the relay event final. Individually, she also competed in the women's 100-meter backstroke, finishing fifth in the event final with a time of 1:09.4, behind American teammates Cathy Ferguson (first), and Ginny Duenkel (third).[1][5]


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Nina Harmer. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  2. Canadian Press-Associated Press, "B.C. Oarsmen Take Gold Medal," The Leader-Post (April 29, 1963). Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  3., Sports History, Pan American Games Women's Swimming Medalists Archived 2012-12-05 at Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  4., Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  5., Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Backstroke Final. Retrieved October 20, 2012.

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