Elaine Tanner, "Mighty Mouse," swimmer (b at Vancouver 22 Feb 1951). Tanner's career in international competition was brief but outstanding. She is considered Canada's best female swimmer, winning the country's first-ever Olympic gold medal in swimming and becoming the first Canadian woman to win 3 medals in a single Olympics. Her specialties were the backstroke, butterfly and individual medley; she also swam on winning freestyle relay teams. In 1966 she set world records in the 220-yard individual medley and 220-yard butterfly and, at the Commonwealth Games, won 4 gold and 3 silver medals - the most successful woman swimmer at those Games. She received the LOU MARSH TROPHY
as Canada's outstanding athlete that year at age 15 - the youngest ever to receive the award. She won 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the 1967 Pan-American Games, and 2 silver and 1 bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the first woman in Canada's history to win an Olympic medal in swimming and the first Canadian athlete, male or female, to win three medals in a single Olympics games. In 1970 she received the ORDER OF CANADA
and in 1971 she was inducted into CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
In 1966 Tanner set world records in the 220-yard individual medley and 220-yard butterfly and, at the Commonwealth Games, won four gold and three silver medals (photo by Bill Cunningham).
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Olympic Team
See profiles of your favourite Canadian Olympic athletes as well as results and reports from previous Olympic Games. Click on "About" for details on the Canadian Olympic School Program and Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. From the Canadian Olympic Committee.
A profile of Elaine Tanner, the first athlete in Canada to win 3 medals
in a single Olympic Games. From swimming.ca.
Athletes In History: Elaine Tanner
A brief biography of champion swimmer Elaine Tanner, multiple medal-winner and Officer of the Order of Canada. From the website for the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport.