Monday, May 12, 2014

The Beauty of Sport, Part Three: Swimmer Nancy Hogshead

Nancy Hogshead was my first sports celebrity crush. :-)

She made her mark as a competitive swimmer at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where she tied for a gold medal with Carrie Steinseifer in the 100-meter freestyle; the two Americans shared the gold medals in what turned out to be the first tie in Olympic swimming. She also won the gold medals in the 4x100-meter freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley relay teams, along with the silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley.

In another race, though, trouble with breathing cost her a spot on the podium, and she learned she had asthma.  While Nancy Hogshead retired from swimming, she did not retire from sports.  She was a trustee of and, from 1993 to 1994, president of the Women's Sports Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the participation of  girls and women in sports.  She is also a spokesperson for dealing with asthma and how to live with it.

Now married to Florida state judge Scott Makar, Nancy Hogshead practices law in Jacksonville, Florida, and she served as a professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law for twelve years.  She has a lot of spunk; you might say she's a Hogshead of real fire.  ;-)

In her way, Ms. H will challenge the world. :-D 

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