Sharon Stouder

Sharon Marie Stouder (November 9, 1948 – June 23, 2013), also known by her married name Sharon Stouder Clark, was an American competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in four events.[1]

Sharon Stouder
Sharon Stouder in 1965
Personal information
Full nameSharon Marie Stouder
National teamUnited States
Born(1948-11-09)November 9, 1948
Altadena, California
DiedJune 23, 2013(2013-06-23) (aged 64)
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight134 lb (61 kg)
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubCommerce Swim Club

As a 15-year-old, she won three gold medals and one silver at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[2] She won the women's 100-meter butterfly, and was a member of the winning U.S. teams in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the women's 4×100-meter medley relay.[2] She also took second place in the women's 100-meter freestyle, finishing behind Australian Dawn Fraser, for a total of four medals.[2]

Stouder swam sprint butterfly and sprint freestyle. She was the second woman in history to go under the one-minute barrier in the 100-meter freestyle, the event she got her silver medal in at the 1964 Olympics. In 1964 she twice broke the world record in the women's 200-meter butterfly.

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1972.[3] Stouder died June 23, 2013; she was 64 years old.[4] She was survived by her son and daughter.[4]

See also


  1. Braden Keith, "Queen of 1964 Olympics Sharon Stouder Passes Away at 64," (July 10, 2013). Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  2., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Sharon Stouder. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  3. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Sharon stouder (USA). Retrieved October 16, 2012.
  4. "Former resident Sharon Stouder Clark set the bar for female Olympians," Los Altos Town Crier (July 24, 2013). Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sharon Stouder". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  • Sharon Stouder (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

Preceded by

Susan Pitt
Women's 200-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

July 12, 1964 – August 15, 1965
Succeeded by

Kendis Moore
Preceded by

Ada Kok
Women's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

October 16, 1964 – August 14, 1965
Succeeded by

Ada Kok

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