Susan Pedersen (swimmer)

Susan "Sue" Jane Pedersen (born October 16, 1953), also known by her married name Susan Pankey, is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in two events.

Susan Pedersen
Sue Pedersen, Sherm Chavoor, Debbie Meyer 1967.jpg
Sue Pedersen (left) with coach Sherm Chavoor and Debbie Meyer in 1967
Personal information
Full nameSusan Jane Pedersen
Nickname(s)"Sue"
National teamUnited States
Born (1953-10-16) October 16, 1953 (age 66)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubArden Hills Swim Club
CoachSherm Chavoor

As a 15-year-old, Pedersen represented the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she received a total of four medals.[1] She won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, and another swimming for the first-place U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay, while setting Olympic records in both.[2] Individually, she received silver medals for her second-place finishes in the women's 100-meter freestyle (1:00.3),[3] and women's 200-meter individual medley.[4]

She held the world record in the 200-meter freestyle (2:09.5) from July 6, 1968, to August 2, 1968. She was also a member of world-record U.S. teams in the 4×100-meter medley relay and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[5]

Pedersen was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1995.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Sue Pedersen. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games, Women's 200 metres Individual Medley Final. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ a b International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Sue Pedersen (USA). Retrieved on September 8, 2015.