|Ann Curtis Cuneo|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 2012|
Ann Curtis, a renowned swimmer who won two gold medals, at the 1948 Olympics, in London.
Her daughter, Carrie Cuneo said she died at her San Rafael, Calif. home. She died on June 26.
Born in 1926 in San Francisco, Curtis started her swimming career at the age of 12. She did not get to compete in the Olympics until they resumed in 1948 following a 12-year hiatus due to World War II. By then, she had already won eight national titles and broken 18 U.S. records.
"I was lucky that the Games restarted at a time I was still competing. There were awfully good swimmers before my time, and it was too late for them." Curtis told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2008.
It was Curtis' only Olympics. She took medals in all three events she competed in: gold in the 400-meter freestyle, gold in the 4x100 meter relay and silver in the 100-meter freestyle. She would go on to become a paid athlete, participating in water shows and competing in U.S. Masters Championships. She was elected to the International Hall of Fame in 1966.
Curtis married Gordon Cuneo a year after the Olympics, and then Ann and Gordon had five children. Her daughter, Carrie recalls her mom's modesty about her success and fame.
When Ann moved to San Rafael and started a swimming school, where she coached for 25 years, some of her students went on to be Olympians, also.
Ann stopped swimming several years ago, but took up water aerobics and water walking, her daughter said. Curtis's husband died in 2010. She is survived by four of her five children.
Created by: M Curtis
Record added: Mar 02, 2014
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