Shane Gould

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 5
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameShane Elizabeth•Gould (-Innis, -Nelms)
Used nameShane•Gould
Born23 November 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Measurements171 cm / 59 kg
NOC Australia


Australian Shane Gould was a swimmer of phenomenal talent who became the first woman to hold the world freestyle record at every distance from 100 metres to 1,500 metres. She achieved this remarkable feat in December 1971, just three weeks after her 15th birthday. During her brief career, she broke or equaled 11 world records, and won 14 individual titles at the Australian national championships. She was so dominant and so heralded in the lead-up to the 1972 Munich Olympics, that the American swimmers took to wearing T-shirts bearing their motto, “All that glitters is not Gould!” At the 1972 Olympic Games she won the 200 metre and 400 metre freestyle and 200 metre individual medley, each in a new world record time, and, in addition to her three gold medals, she took the silver in the 800 metres and the bronze in the 100 metre freestyle. In 1973, at only 16 years old, she retired but during her brief career she had become one of the legends of the sport. In 2000, at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, she was one of several Australian female Olympians who carried the Olympic Flag.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Shane Gould
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
800 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 8
200 metres Individual Medley, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia DNS

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