#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

February 04, 2014 | Luke Jones

3. Debbie Meyer, swimming

Unlike the many transplants who flocked to Maryland to further their swimming careers, the Annapolis native moved away to California before becoming one of the most decorated swimmers in Olympic history. While still a 16-year-old high school student, Meyer won gold medals in the 200-, 400-, and 800-meter freestyle races at the 1968 Games in Mexico City, becoming the only female Olympian to win three individual freestyle swimming gold medals in one Olympics.

Meyer broke 20 world records, 24 American records, and won 19 AAU championships before eventually being inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1986.


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