Nancy Ramey

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNancy Jane•Ramey (-Lethcoe)
Used nameNancy•Ramey
Born29 June 1940 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
Measurements160 cm / 51 kg
AffiliationsWAC, Seattle (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


At the time of her Olympic medal, Nancy Ramey was a 16-year-old student at Mercer Island High School in Washington. She was disappointed at the Melbourne Olympics when she was denied her chance to compete against the great Dutch butterfly swimmers, when the Netherlands boycotted the 1956 Olympics in protest of Russia’s invasion of Hungary. In 1958 she set world records for the 100 m butterfly (twice) and for the 200 m fly (once) and won six national titles (five U.S., one Canadian). At the 1959 Pan American Games she won silver in the 100 m butterfly. Nancy Ramey later graduated from the University of Washington and then earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She put her degrees to use in the 70s as an assistant professor of religious studies at Stanford. As Mrs. Jim Lethcoe, she and her husband later organized and led Alaskan wilderness safaris.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Nancy Ramey
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver

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