Shane Gould

Shane Gould


11/23/1956, Syndey, Austrilia

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Shane's life has paralleled her swimming. It has been a never-ending series of tumble turns, each involving a complete change of direction and each leading, inexorably, towards a new goal. Born on 23 November, 1956, in Sydney, Australia, Shane moved to Fiji with her family at the age…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Shane is the only person, male or female, to hold every world freestyle record from 100m to 1500m simultaneously, and the only swimmer ever to win three Olympic Gold Medals in world record time.

    • Shane finished with three Gold, a Silver and a Bronze medal in the 1972 Munich Olympics for her swimming ability.

    • Shane currently resides in Margaret River, Western Australia.

    • Shane recently read Blink, Rape of Nanking and Don't Look at the Elephant About Frames.

    • Shane recently published her memoirs on why she retired at the peak of her swimming carrer and everything about her life entitled Tumble Turns. It is currently available in Limited Edition hard cover 1st edition at a reduced price and it is available in new revised soft cover edition.

    • Placed eighth place in Series Two of Dancing With The Stars (Aus).

  • Quotes

    • Shane: (on favourite memory of the Olympic games) I played a game of pool in the recreation hall in the athletes' village at Munich, with a man from an African country. To me it was a snapshot of what the Olympics were about, people from all over the world male and female black and white, different languages, cultures, all playing games together. That sticks out more than anything else. It is quite a remarkable thing.

    • Shane Gould: (On what training she did) In peak training I swam 10 to 11 sessions per week doing about 4 to 5 miles each time (write to me and tell me how many kilometres that is. Rachel Harris Australia's current champion 800m freestyler swims 7km per session). I did all four strokes in training and at least one lot of races each week. I also did cross country running and sports at school. In the summer I went to the beach and body surfed on weekends. All the exercise I did added to training my muscles and general fitness.

    • Shane Gould: (On when she started swimming) I learned to swim when I was 3. I was the junior school swimming champion when I was 7. When I was 9 I swam 3 times a week with a coach at a club. When I was 131/2 I gave up all other sports and concentrated on swimming doing 10 sessions per week. I surfed regularly for 25 years from 17 to 42 using my swimming skills. Now I swim 3 to 5 times a week with a masters club doing 4 km each session. I love feeling fit from swimming regularly. My surfing has improved since I have been swimming again!

    • Shane Gould (On if she got nervous before a race): I get 'butterflies' which makes me excited. If they get out of control it makes me nervous. If I can control them, by making them 'fly in formation' then I get extra adrenalin energy to go fast . I learned to control nervous energy with the practise of lots of races and being confident in my training, my skills and my ability.

    • Shane Gould: (On what is the most memorable moment of her entire swimming career)It would probably surprise most people that it is NOT one of my three Olympic Gold Medals. Instead, my most memorable moment was when I broke the 100m Freestyle World Record in January 1972 in Sydney, after which I then held all Womens' Freestyle World Records (100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500) and because of the emotion of the circumstances, and being in front of a home crowd.