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Cynthia Woodhead
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Swimmer
    (February 7, 1964- )
    Born in Riverside, California
    Won three gold and two silver medals at the World Acquatics Championship (1978)
    Won five gold medals at the 1979 Pan American Games
    Won one gold and one silver medal at the 1983 Pan American Games
    Won a silver medal in 200 meter freestyle at the Los Angeles Olympics (1984)
    Held the world record for 200-meter freestyle (1978-82)
    Named World Swimmer of the Year (1979)
    Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1994)
    She was nicknamed 'Sippy' (from her sister's inability to pronounce Cynthia).
    She was suspended from international competition after breaking the team curfew (1978).
    When going abroad, she would pack a jar of chunky peanut butter to avoid eating foreign food.
    She said about winning an Olympic silver medal, 'I enjoyed it, but I didn't.... It certainly wasn't the highlight of my life.'
    Her coach said, 'She's disciplined and tough. She works her butt off.'
    The head coach of the Soviet swim team called her 'America's secret weapon.'
    She had the potential to medal in six events at the Moscow Olympics, but never got to compete because of the US boycott (1980).
    She said, 'I don't wonder 'What if?' Obviously, I've had some speed bumps, but I'm lucky. I enjoy my life.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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