Jul 26, 2012 10:36 AM
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Ann Curtis, who broke numerous world and national swimming records and won three medals at the 1948 Olympic games, has died. She was 86.
Her daughter, Carrie Cuneo, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/N4RupX) Curtis died on June 26 at her home in San Rafael, Calif. of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Curtis was unable to compete in the 1944 games, which were canceled due to World War II. But she won two gold medals four years later, one in the 400-meter freestyle, in which she set an Olympic record, and the other swimming the anchor leg in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
She also took the silver medal in the 100-meter freestyle.
She would go on to run a swimming school and be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.