Terri Stickles

Terri Lee Stickles (born May 11, 1946) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. She received a bronze medal for her third-place finish in the women's 400-meter freestyle event at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Terri Stickles
Personal information
Full nameTerri Lee Stickles
National teamUnited States
Born (1946-05-11) May 11, 1946
San Mateo, California
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight150 lb (68 kg)
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club

She was a member of the Santa Clara Swim Club, notable for producing Olympic swimmers such as Donna de Varona and Mark Spitz.[2] She trained with swimming coach George Haines, who was noted for training future Olympic medalists during the 1960s and 1970s.[3][4]

Her brother, Ted Stickles, was also a competition swimmer, set world records in the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley events.[5]

Stickles was married to Olympic long-distance runner Álvaro Mejía. They met in Cali, Colombia, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. Stickles brought Mejía to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969. They subsequently divorced.

She is now retired and living in Calaveras County, California. She is a fused glass artist.

See also


  1. Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Terri Lee Stickles. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  2. Art Rosenbaum, "Those Fierce But Cheerful Little Girls," Sports illustrated (April 30, 1962). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  3. Santa Clara Swim Club, SCSC National Champions. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  4. Cecil Colwin, "Coach George Haines, Swim Maestro: A Remembrance," Swimming World Magazine (May 1, 2006). Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  5. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Ted Stickles (USA). Retrieved October 11, 2012.

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