Donna de Varona is a member of the board of directors of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and a pioneer in the field of female athletics and broadcasting. She made her first Olympic team in 1960 at the age of 13 and won two gold medals at the 1964 summer Olympics.
The following year, at the age of 17, she became the first woman on network TV as a sports broadcaster. In 1974, Donna helped found the Women's Sports Foundation and pioneered the fight for increasing athletic opportunities for women in high school and college. In 1991 she received an EMMY for her work during the Special Olympics. She was chair for the 1999 Women's World Cup of soccer in America and served on the board of NY City's 2012 Olympic Bid Committee. Donna has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the NCAA's Teddy Roosevelt Award, the organization’s highest honor.
Olympic Television Announcing
DeVarona is shown on ABC-TV announcing the 1976 Montreal Olympics women's 400m freestyle relay with Kim Peyton, Wendy Boglioli, Jill Sterkel and Shirley Babashoff as they pulled one of the greatest upsets in Olympic and sporting history when they set a world record while beating the heavily favored the East German team.
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