DONNA DE VARONA: Gold Medal Swimmer by Bob Thomas

DONNA DE VARONA: Gold Medal Swimmer

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Three years after entering competition she became, at thirteen, the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Team; four years later--1964--a double medalist determined not to fade out, she retired from racing and entered college. Here is the story of Donna's seven years in the swim--determination, daily practice, expert training, plus eddies of unscheduled envy: one coach sabotaged her chances in a meet to protect the record of his daughter, whom she had the satisfaction of beating later. Not unexpectedly, Dad had been a football pro, spotted her natural ability early; comfortingly, she switched from diving to swimming because she was afraid of the high board. Told with the economy and alacrity characteristic of this series, and a safe choice for the non-swimmer also.

Pub Date: Oct. 4th, 1968
Publisher: Doubleday