Dawn Fraser Biography
(Australian Freestyle Champion Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Birthday: September 4, 1937 (Virgo)
Born In: Balmain, Australia
Dawn Fraser is an Australian former freestyle champion swimmer who won the same Olympic—the women's 100 meters freestyle—three times. She attained international fame at the age of 19 when she participated in her first Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 and won a gold medal in the then 110 yards (now 100 meters) freestyle. She proceeded to win seven more Olympic medals and six Commonwealth Games gold medals over the ensuing years, becoming one of the best known Olympians produced by Australia. As popular as she was for her athletic abilities, she also gained much notoriety for her controversial behavior. Born into a large family of humble means, she got noticed for her swimming talents by Sydney coach, Harry Gallagher, as a young teenager. Gallagher began training her for glory and soon the young girl became one of the most successful swimmers in the world. However her penchant for misadventure often irritated her coaches and sponsors. She was accused of trying to steal the Olympic flag during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics following which the Australian Swimming Union suspended her for 10 years, effectively ending her swimming career. Later on she embarked on a short-lived political career. She remains a much popular personality in Australia despite the controversial comments she often makes and was made the First Lady of the Olympic Games at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.