Carolyn Wood

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarolyn Virginia•Wood
Used nameCarolyn•Wood
Born18 December 1945 in Portland, Oregon (USA)
Measurements167 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsMultnomah AC, Portland (USA)
NOC United States


Carolyn Wood represented the Multnomah AC in her home town of Portland. She competed in four events at the 1960 Olympics, when still only 14 years old. In the 100m freestyle she placed fourth, but in the 100m butterfly final she was forced to give up when she swallowed water near the turn. She swam in the medley relay though only in the heats, but in the freestyle relay she won a well-deserved gold medal. Wood later taught English in Portland, and lived in her long-time family home well into her 70s.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Carolyn Wood
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
100 metres Butterfly, Women (Olympic) AC r2/2
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Women (Olympic) United States 1

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