Shelley Mann

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Shelley Mann
Personal information
Full name Shelley Isabel Mann
National team  United States
Born October 15, 1937
New York, New York
Died March 24, 2005
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lb (61 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, freestyle
Club Walter Reed Swim Club

Shelley Isabel Mann (October 15, 1937 - March 24, 2005) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic medalist at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia where she won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter butterfly event, and was a member of the runner-up U.S. team that won the silver medal for the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay.

Mann caught polio aged six and took up swimming to aid her recovery.[1] She was a student at the American University in Washington, D.C.

A member of the Walter Reed Swim Club, arguably the most prolific women's swim team of the 1950's, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "honor swimmer" in 1966,[2] and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

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  1. "At the age of five she had polio. … Her parents took her daily to a swimming pool where they hoped the water would help hold her arms up as she tried to use them again. When she could lift her arm out of the water with her own power, she cried for joy. Then her goal was to swim the width of the pool, then the length, then several lengths. She kept on trying, swimming, enduring, day after day after day, until she won the gold medal for the butterfly stroke—one of the most difficult of all swimming strokes." (Marvin J. Ashton, April 1975 General Conference Report)
  2. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Shelley Mann (USA). Retrieved April 11, 2015.

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