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Shirley Babashoff Swimming

Winning Style. Shirley Babashoff was the only woman to compete as a member of the Golden West College Men’s Swim Team – and she was faster than all of them. With an amazing list of accomplishments in her field of endeavor - two Olympic Gold Medals, six Olympic Silver Medals, five World Champion Medals, 27 National Titles, 11 World Records and 29 American Records - it is clear that this Golden West College Alumna is an American treasure. In 2005, the Olympic Committee awarded Shirley the “Olympic Order,” an honor bestowed on individuals who have “Illustrated the Olympic ideals through actions, have achieved remarkable merit in the sporting world or have rendered outstanding services to the Olympic cause.” As the 1974 “USA Sportswoman of the Year,” Swimming World magazine’s “American Swimmer of the Year” in 1976, an Inductee to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1982, and an Inductee to the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1987. Shirley Babashoff is a world renowned American athlete that Golden West College is proud to claim as its own.