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By Steve Stoessel, February 8, 2020
1. Waterford N.Y. Marker
Inscription.  
Home of Ethelda Bleibtrey
First American Woman to win
an Olympic event
First woman in the world
to win 3 golds in swimming
Antwerp Olympiad 1920

 
Erected 2000 by Saratoga County 2000.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: SportsWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 42° 47.359′ N, 73° 40.52′ W. Marker is in Waterford, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Broad Street (U.S. 4) 0.1 miles east of First Street, on the right when traveling west. Just after bridge over Hudson when traveling west on US 4. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Broad Street, Waterford NY 12188, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Waterford (a few steps from this marker); Troy - Waterford Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Village of Waterford (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterford Village Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Howard Lindsay
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Waterford Bridges (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterford War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waterford.
 
Also see . . .  Ethelda Bleibtrey (Wikipedia). "Ethelda Marguerite Bleibtrey (February 27, 1902 – May 6, 1978), also known by her married name Ethelda Schlatke, was an American competition swimmer, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder in multiple events....She was born in Waterford, New York to John and Maggie Bleibtrey. She started swimming to help recover from polio, which she contracted in 1917. In 1919, she was arrested for "nude swimming" — she removed her stockings at a pool where it was forbidden to bare "the lower female extremities for public bathing." The subsequent public support for Bleibtrey led to the abandonment of stockings as a conventional element in women's swimwear....Bleibtrey was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1967...." (Submitted on February 8, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on February 8, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. Photo   1. submitted on February 8, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
 
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