1932 Olympic gold medalist dies in Sumter

Published: Jul. 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2014 at 4:28 PM EDT
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Helen Johns Carroll speaks to WIS in 2012.
Helen Johns Carroll speaks to WIS in 2012.
Helen Johns Carroll in 1932.
Helen Johns Carroll in 1932.

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Helen Johns Carroll, 1932 swimming relay gold medalist, has died in Sumter, according to her family.

Johns Carroll, 99, was living in a retirement home at the time of her death, family members said.

She was just 17 when she represented the United States at the Los Angeles Summer Games.

She helped carry the team to the gold by swimming the second leg of the 400 meter women's freestyle relay.

Johns Carroll didn't hang up the suit after the Olympics. She won more gold medals at amateur competitions and was inducted into several halls of fame.

After leaving competitive swimming, she continued to give motivational speeches and was carried the Olympic torch in Atlanta in 1996.

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