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Eleanor Holm

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEleanor G.•Holm (-Jarret, -Rose, -Walker, -Whalen)
Used nameEleanor•Holm
Born6 December 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died31 January 2004 in Miami, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsWomen's Swimming Association
NOC United States


As a 14-year-old, Eleanor Holm finished fifth in the 100m backstroke in the 1928 Olympics. Four years later she won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Games. She made the Olympic team for a third time in 1936 as a married woman, having married the crooner, Art Jarrett, in 1933. But on the boat trip to Europe, the behavior of the attractive and vivacious reigning champion did not meet with the approval of the USOC officials and she was banned from the team-ostensibly for drinking champagne while in training. However, Holm-Jarrett stayed on in Berlin and reported the Games for the International News Service. On her return home she turned professional and her second marriage was to Billy Rose, the promoter of the aquacades in which she starred. She also appeared in one movie, a Tarzan flick which starred Olympic decathlete Glenn Morris. Despite the publicity she generated away from the pool, the eventual Eleanor Holm-Jarrett-Rose-Walker was undoubtedly a highly talented swimmer, having won a total of 29 AAU titles, nine of which came in the individual medley and setting seven world backstroke records.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Eleanor Holm
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) =5
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Eleanor Holm
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1932 Summer Olympics 10 August 1932 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Women Round One, Heat One 1:18.3 1

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