Melissa Belote

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMelissa Louise•Belote (-Hamlin, -Ripley)
Used nameMelissa•Belote
Born16 October 1956 in Washington, District of Columbia (USA)
Measurements171 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsSolotar Swim Club
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3


Apart from Shane Gould, the 15-year-old Melissa Belote was the only woman swimmer to win more than one individual title in München. She went to the U.S. Final Trials as a little known outsider, but beat the U.S. record holder, Susie Atwood, in the 100m backstroke and then took the 200m after setting a world record in the heats. At the 1972 Olympics she again set a world record in the 200m and the following year she won the 200m backstroke at the World Championships. In 1976 she made the Olympic team for the second time and placed fifth in the 200m. In her collegiate career at Arizona State, Belote collected four AIAW titles. After graduating with a degree in communications she returned to Virginia, where she had swum for the Solotar Swim Team, and as Mrs. Hamlin took the post of assistant head coach at Solotar.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Melissa Belote
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1976 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Melissa Belote
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 5

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