By USA Swimming | Monday, September 23, 2019
Swimmers Dara Torres and Erin Popovich have been named to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2019. They will be honored and inducted at an awards dinner Friday, Nov. 1, at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The class of 2019 is comprised of nine individuals, one team, two legends, one coach and one special contributor, and together, represents 12 different sports.
The class of 2019 has represented the United States at a combined 36 Olympic and Paralympic Games, tallying 79 medals, including 43 golds.
Torres – who competed in the 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008 Games – is a 12-time Olympic medalist and tied for the most decorated female swimmer in history. She is the first American to swim at five Olympics. At 41, Torres set three American records en route to three silver medals at Beijing 2008. She is also a 16-time national champion.
Popovich is a three-time Paralympian and 19-time medalist, including 14 golds. She won seven golds in seven races, setting three world records and four Paralympic Games records at Athens 2004, and is two-time winner of the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.In addition to Torres and Popovich, the inductees include Candace Cable (Para alpine skiing, Para Nordic skiing, Para track and field), Lisa Leslie (basketball), Nastia Liukin (gymnastics), Misty May-Treanor (beach volleyball), Apolo Anton Ohno (short track speedskating), Chris Waddell (Para alpine skiing, Para track and field), the 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, John Carlos (legend: track and field), Tommie Smith (legend: track and field), Ron O’Brien (coach: diving) and Tim Nugent (special contributor).