Ann Curtis

Ann Curtis

Ann Curtis
Personal information
Full name Ann Elizabeth Curtis
Nationality  United States
Born (1926-03-06)March 6, 1926
San Francisco, California
Died June 26, 2012(2012-06-26) (aged 86)
San Rafael, California
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Crystal Plunge

Ann Elizabeth Curtis Cuneo (March 6, 1926 – June 26, 2012) was an American competition swimmer and two-time Olympic champion.

Curtis was born in San Francisco, California, and was coached by Charlie Sava as a member of the San Francisco Crystal Plunge team. In 1944, at age 18, she became the first woman, as well as the first swimmer, to receive the coveted James E. Sullivan Award.

Curtis competed at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, winning the gold medal in the women's 400-meter freestyle. She won her second gold medal as a member of the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team when she came from behind on the event's final leg to win. In addition to her gold medal wins, she also received the silver medal for her second-place finish in the women's 100-meter freestyle.

During her career she set 4 world and 18 U.S. records.

She was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. Curtis died at her home in San Rafael, California on June 26, 2012; she was 86 years old.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Ann Curtis Cuneo Obituary: View Ann Cuneo's Obituary by Marin Independent Journal". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

External links

  • Ann Curtis – Olympic athlete profile at
  • Ann Curtis (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame