Helen Wainwright

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameHelen E.•Wainwright (-Stelling)
Used nameHelen•Wainwright
Born15 March 1906 in New York, New York (USA)
Died11 October 1965 in Hampton Bays, New York (USA)
Measurements155 cm
AffiliationsWomen's Swimming Association
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2


Helen Wainwright is one of only three American women who have won Olympic medals for swimming and diving. In 1922, she set a world record in the 1,500 m ladies’ freestyle. Representing the Women’s Swimming Association of New York, Wainwright won 17 AAU swimming championships and two indoor AAU diving championships and during World War II turned over all her trophies to the government for the metal drive. She later turned professional and toured the country with several aquacades, playing the theaters with a portable tank. Wainwright married a career military man, Lt. Cree Stelling. Together with Aileen Riggin she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Helen Wainwright
Springboard, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
1924 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Helen Wainwright
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver

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