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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