Olympic Medalist, Shirley Babashoff Honored on Senate Floor

Senators Moorlach and Nguyen Recognize Eight-Time Olympic Medalist For Accomplishments, Service to Community
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today, Senators Moorlach and Nguyen presented Orange County based Olympic medalist, Shirley Babashoff, on the Senate floor with a resolution to highlight her community involvement and to extend to her special honors for her many accomplishments at the Olympics and beyond. During the 1976 Olympics, Ms. Babashoff led her team, and was vilified for exposing the East German’s steroid use, which would be confirmed years later in documents from the East German secret police.

Ranked among the greatest swimming feats of all time, Ms. Babashoff's greatest Olympic performance occurred during the 1976 Olympic Trials, where she won every freestyle event and the 400-meter individual medley, broke the world record for the 800-meter freestyle, and set six U.S. records, including three events in the heats and three in the finals. Today, she lives and works in Orange County, California, where she serves the community with the same bright spirit she displayed while competing in the Olympics.

"Shirley Babashoff has been a source of great joy and pride to the people of California," said Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). "I am so proud to honor an Olympic athlete of her caliber. Shirley possessed the skill and determination to succeed in the Olympics and now displays the same spirit as she serves her community."

Shirley Babashoff will speak about her experience and will be available for photos with her gold medal TODAY at 2:00pm in Room 2040 of the Capitol.

CLICK HERE to watch Shirley compete in the 1976 Women's 4 x 100m free relay




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Press Contact: Amanda Smith @ 714-662-6050, amanda.smith@sen.ca.gov

State Senator John Moorlach is a nationally recognized budget, finance, and fiscal policy expert. Moorlach graduated from CA State University in Long Beach in 1977, passed the C.P.A. exam in 1978, and completed his studies for the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1987. He earned a Certificate in Public Finance from the University of Delaware, Division of Continuing Education in 1995, the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP) in Employee Pensions in 1999 and the Trustees Masters Program in 2003 through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and the New Supervisors Training Institute in 2007 from CA State University in Sacramento in cooperation with their Center for California Studies.