How an Olympic champion swimmer almost drowned at London 1948 | Words of Olympians

How an Olympic champion swimmer almost drowned at London 1948 | Words of Olympians


(WORDS OF OLYMPIANS) My major swimming
was 100 metre sprint and I competed at that. I also competed
in the 400 metre, but that’s where
I had the drama. (THE SINKING DRAMA) I kind of made a plan that I could stay
with Ann Curtis for the first 50, and if I can go and stay
right next to her I’ll just take off. (100M FREESTYLE) (CURTIS – ANDERSEN) So we went side by side
for the first 50. After the turn, I took off. I had enough energy. I always had a very good kick. And I really start kicking
really good and I just went ahead. I’m going to win this. I was always confident. I was positive I was
going to win the 400. I’ve had the best time
in the world for the last two years. Nobody’s going to touch me. And I was strong and healthy, but I did have an injection
to delay my period. We know that I was going
to have my period right at the time
of that swim meet, so the team doctor said,
“Well, I’m going to give you “an injection to delay
the period.” I thought the doctor
knew better than me. So I got the injection. I felt pretty good
until I start swimming. How am I going to do this?
I’m already behind. Then I felt
like paralysed in my legs and my stomach. I just blacked out.
I don’t remember. I was sinking.
I was going underwater. A Hungarian water polo player went in to rescue me. They took me right out
and put me into some cabinet with a bed and he came over
and I thanked him. Everybody came over to say
how sorry they were that I got sick and fainted. I wish I could do
that particular event over, but, you know,
that’s impossible. I’m not hanging onto it. So life goes on. Find something else
and get happy. I’m not crying
over the bad thing. You’re always going to have
some bad thing. Not everything is perfect. Whoever has a perfect life
from the beginning to the end? I don’t expect it, either. (TO THIS DAY,
GRETA STILL DOESN’T KNOW (WHAT THE MEDICATION WAS
THAT CAUSED HER TO FAINT (ANDERSEN WENT ON TO BECOME (A RECORD-SETTING
LONG-DISTANCE SWIMMER) (SHE RUNS THE GRETA ANDERSEN
SWIM SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA)

24 Replies to “How an Olympic champion swimmer almost drowned at London 1948 | Words of Olympians”

  1. Aww I'm sorry for her, it prolly was some kind of experimental drug or the doctor was paid to give it to her lol, i hope he got sued or something wth.

  2. Words of non-olympian:

    I played 7's Rugby in High School. I loved it. I wanted to continue, but daddy went "you had 4 concussions. No."

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