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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Role Model: 1924

Role Model: 1924

August 7, 1924. "Warren Kealoha, Hawaiian Olympic swimmer, at Tidal Basin." Warren, closest to the camera, won the gold in the men's 100-meter backstroke in 1920 and 1924. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Washington Monument Falling

Doesn't it look like the Washington Monument is leaning?

[OMG. Not only that, but the entire horizon is tilting to the right! - Dave]

Warren Kealoha

Warren Kealoha retired from competition and became a successful rancher. About those days:

"It wasn't easy for Hawaiians to get to the Olympics back in those days," Warren says, "or I might have had a chance at my third Olympics in 1928." Warren Kealoha had more trouble getting to his races than winning them. "We had to break a world record before they could afford to send us to the Mainland," he says, "then when we arrived by boat and out of shape, we had to beat all comers on the West coast, again in Chicago, and again in New York before we finally made the Olympic team."

Some web pages indicate he swam against contemporary Johnny Weissmuller but the facts seems mixed.

Help, Help

Funny seeing that hand sticking up out of water at the left.

Yell Them To Safety

I guess that lifeguard with the blow horn would have to undo his bow tie if he ever had to actually dive into the water to save someone. I think he would rather just yell them to safety.

Kealoha Obit

Washington Post, Sep 10, 1972

Olympic Champion Warren Kealoha Dies

HONOLULU, Sep 9 (AP)--Warren D. Kealoha, 69, winner of gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke swimming event at the 1920 and 1924 Olympic Games, died Friday.

Mr. Kealoha, then 16, introduced the alternating arms stroke in setting a world's record 1:14.8 in the backstroke event as the "baby" of the U.S. Olympic team in 1920 at Antwerp Belgium.

 
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