Swimming champion, movie star Esther Williams dies
Esther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and actress. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose's Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show's move from New York City to San Francisco.
Why Michael Phelps's First Rio Gold Medal Was Incredible
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing and the most decorated athlete in history, Michael Phelps is already breaking records. Swimming in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay alongside Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held and Caeleb Dressel Sunday night, the 31-year-old helped earn gold for Team USA, but not without mindblowing form. Here, three reasons the swimmer’s first gold in Rio was incredible.
Marie Kelleher. Ninety-nine years old and fit, and setting national (U.S.) records in swimming. "With these swims she becomes the first female USMS [United States Masters Swimming] member to compete in the 100-104 age group." (USMS rules counts the swimmer's age as of December 31 for competitions held in 25-meter courses.)