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Sharon Stouder in 1965
Sharon Stouder in 1965

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]

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]

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