Ann Curtis

For other people named Ann Curtis, see Ann Curtis (disambiguation).
Ann Curtis
Personal information
Full name Ann Elisabeth Curtis
National team  United States
Born (1926-03-06)March 6, 1926
San Francisco, California
Died June 26, 2012(2012-06-26) (aged 86)
San Rafael, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Crystal Plunge

Ann Curtis Cuneo (March 6, 1926 – June 26, 2012), née Ann Elisabeth Curtis, was an American competition swimmer and two-time Olympic champion.

Curtis was born in San Francisco, California, and was coached by Charlie Sava as a member of the San Francisco Crystal Plunge swimming club. In 1944, at age 18, she became the first woman, as well as the first swimmer, to receive the coveted James E. Sullivan Award, recognizing her as the outstanding American amateur athlete of the year.

Curtis competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, winning the gold medal in the women's 400-meter freestyle. She won her second gold medal as a member of the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay team when she came from behind on the event's final leg to win. In addition to her gold medal wins, she also received the silver medal for her second-place finish in the women's 100-meter freestyle.

During her career she set four world and 18 U.S. records.

She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966,[1] and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. Curtis died at her home in San Rafael, California on June 26, 2012; she was 86 years old.[2]

See also


  1. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Anne Curtis (USA). Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  2. "Ann Curtis Cuneo Obituary: View Ann Cuneo's Obituary by Marin Independent Journal". Retrieved July 3, 2012.

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