Deena Deardurff Schmidt

Deena Deardurff Schmidt

Not only was Deena a great swimmer who won an Olympic gold medal  at  the  Munich  Olympics,  she  also  is  a  profile  in  courage for having courageously dealt with life’s adversity as well. In 2008,   Deena   served   as   a   national   Susan   G. Komen Foundation  Cancer  Survivor  Spokesperson. She  successfully battled breast cancer and has helped to increase the awareness of the importance of early detection for anyone over 40 with a known family history

In   2008,   Deena   served   as   a   national  Susan   G. Komen Foundation  Cancer  Survivor  Spokesperson.  She  successfully battled breast cancer and has helped to increase the awareness of the importance of early detection for anyone over 40 with a known family history of this deadly disease.

In  addition,  Deena  has  been  an  outstanding  swimming  coach having  successfully  coached  the  swimming  team  at San  Diego State University  for  a  number  of  years.  Currently,  Deena  is  a faculty member at Grossmont College in El Cajon, California.

In  her  Olympic  Games,  Deena  swam  the  butterfly  event  in  the Women’s  4  x  100  meter  medley  relay  that  broke  the  world record with a time of 4:20:75 in the event final. She also placed fourth in those Games in the individual Butterfly event.

In addition to her physical challenge of battling breast cancer, Deena has displayed exceptional courage in stepping forward to fight sexual abuse of young swimmers.In 2010, she testified on  this  issue  and  as  a  result,  awareness  of  this  problem  has increased  dramatically  thereby  greatly  reducing  incidents  for new swimmers.

Through  all  of  the  challenges  in  her  life,  she  has  retained  her strong positive attitude and her determination to represent the ideals of the Olympic Movement.

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