Ethel Lackie

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEthel Minnie•Lackie (-Watkins)
Used nameEthel•Lackie
Born10 February 1907 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died15 December 1979 in Newbury Park, California (USA)
AffiliationsIllinois AC, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2


Ethel Lackie grew up near Chicago, where she had learned to swim by the time she was three. She later lived near Lake Michigan and represented the Illinois AC in competition. Lackie set numerous U.S. and world records and was the first woman to break 60 seconds for the 100y freestyle and the first to clock 1:10.0 for the 100m freestyle. After her retirement she married Bill Watkins, a well-known rowing champion in the Santa Monica area.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Ethel Lackie
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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