DONNA dE VARONAGame 282 | October 24, 1980 | Donna de Varona, Roy Griak
Only 13 at the time, De Varona was the youngest swimmer to compete at the 1960 Summer Olympics. Four years later she won gold medals in the 400-meter individual medley and as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay. She became the first national female sportscaster in history when she signed with ABC in 1965, and she served as the first president of the Women's Sports Foundation from 1976-1984. Griak coached Gopher cross-country and track and f1eld from 1963 -1996. When he retired, the Minnesota Invitational, the nation's largest annual cross country meet, was renamed the Griak Invitational.
Game 490 | November 17. 1995 | Patty Berg, Donna de Varona
This was a repeat appearance for both women. Minneapolis-native Berg recalled that she had been the first female guest of Dunkers in 1951 and complimented the organization for having so many women members, most of whom were in attendance that morning. It was her next-to-last appearance in Minnesota. She returned for the Solheim Cup at Interlachen in 2002, announced she had Alzheimer's Disease in December 2004 and died in Florida 21 months later at age 88. De Varona, the former Olympic gold medal winning swimmer, was a spokesperson for the Women's Sports Foundation in 1995.
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