DONNA DE VARONA / by Molly Schiot

At 13, de Varona was the youngest competitor at the 1960 Olympics and named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete by the Associated Press four years later at the tender age of 17.  After winning multiple Olympic gold medals in swimming, de Varona became the first female sportscaster on network television, joining ABC Sports in 1965. A passionate advocate for female athletes, de Varona was an instrumental force in the passing of Title IX and served as the first President of the Women's Sports 

At 13, de Varona was the youngest competitor at the 1960 Olympics and named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete by the Associated Press four years later at the tender age of 17.  After winning multiple Olympic gold medals in swimming, de Varona became the first female sportscaster on network television, joining ABC Sports in 1965. A passionate advocate for female athletes, de Varona was an instrumental force in the passing of Title IX and served as the first President of the Women's Sports