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Irene Steer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIrene•Steer (-Nicholson)
Used nameIrene•Steer
Born10 August 1889 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales (GBR)
Died18 April 1977 in Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


At the 1912 Stockholm Games, a collision in the heats of the 100 metres freestyle robbed Irene Steer of the chance of individual Olympic honors but she later won a gold medal in the relay, swimming the anchor leg for the British team which set a new world record. Steer was unbeaten in the 100 yards freestyle at the Welsh Championships, winning the title for seven successive years from 1907 before retiring at the end of the 1913 season. She represented Cardiff Ladies Premier SC and won her only ASA title in 1913 when she equaled the world record in the 100 yards freestyle. After she retired, Steer married William Nicholson, a director and chairman of Cardiff City FC. Steer was the first Welsh woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and it would be 96 years before this was repeated, by Nicole Cooke in the cycling road race at Beijing in 2008, on Steer’s birthday - 10 August.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) GBR Irene Steer
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1912 Summer Olympics 15 July 1912 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women Final Standings 5:52.8 WR 1

Special Notes