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Mary Sears

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMary Jane•Sears
Used nameMary•Sears
Born10 May 1939 in Portsmouth, Virginia (USA)
Measurements172 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsWalter Reed SC, Washington (USA)
NOC United States


Mary Sears was primarily a breaststroker, but it was in the butterfly that she won her Olympic medal, after finishing no better than seventh in the 200 m breaststroke in Melbourne. One year earlier at the 1955 Pan American Games she won gold with the 4×100 metre medley team (with Coralie O’Connor, Betty Mullen, and the non-Olympian Wanda L. Werner) and silver in the 200 m breaststroke. Sears, who competed for the Walter Reed SC, won four AAU titles indoors and four outdoors in breaststroke events, but she never won a national championship using the style that took her to an Olympic medal. Miss Sears later became Mrs. William Parks and, with her husband, raised four children.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Mary Sears
200 metres Breaststroke, Women (Olympic) 7
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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