Donna de Varona

Donna de Varona - The Ambassadors

Olympic Gold Medallist, USA Swimming and founder, Women’s Sports Foundation

With a career total of 18 world records, Donna won Olympic gold at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, followed by two gold medals in Tokyo in 1964.

In 1964 the Associated Press and United Press International voted de Varona the “Most Outstanding Woman Athlete in the World”. Consequently Donna retired from her sport and began her journey into the world of sports broadcasting. Her career has enabled her to cover a wide variety of sports events including 17 Winter and Summer Olympic Games. In 2006, she was inducted into the Museum of Television & Radio's first class of 50 "She Made It” pioneers in media.

Donna helped with the establishment and funding for both the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti Doping Agency, and also joined Billie Jean King in establishing the Women’s Sports Foundation. Over the years the foundation has raised more than $30 million to support its programmes.

She also continues to serve on the prestigious International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sport Commission and Board of the Special Olympics; is an advisor to HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan's Generations for peace initiative; and co-chair of the BACK Softball campaign for the International Softball Federation.

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