Happy 52, Nancy Hogshead-Makar

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Nancy Hogshead-Makar, right, and Carrie Steinseifer tied for Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle at the 1984 Games.


Happy birthday, Nancy Hogshead-Makar! The legendary American swimmer and advocate turns 52 today. A national champion as a teenager, Hogshead qualified for the Olympics while still in high school but she did not compete due to the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games. She became the first scholarship swimmer at Duke University and won four ACC titles and set school records in every event she swam in during her one season of competition. She qualified for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and won three gold medals (100-meter freestyle, 4x100 freestyle relay and 4x100m medley relay) and one silver (200-meter individual medley). Recording an identical time with fellow American Carrie Steinseifer in the 100 meters, the two became the first tie for a gold medal in Olympic swimming history. After retiring from competition, Hogshead earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Today she is a lawyer, asthma spokesperson and a major advocate for Title IX. She co-authored the book "Equal Play; Title IX and Social Change" in 2007 and is the senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation.