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Ann Curtis Gold Winner Dead

Ann Curtis  the celebrated swimmer who won two gold medals in 1948 London Olympics has died aged 86,The Seattle Times said

Ann Curtis died at her San Rafael, Calif., home of complications of Alzheimer’s disease,just  a day ahead to the opening ceremony of the 2012  olympics,her daughter Carrie Cuneo said on Thursday

Curtis started her swimming career at the age of 12. She didn’t get to compete in the Olympics until they resumed in 1948 following a 12-year hiatus because of World War II.

In the early 1960s, Curtis moved to San Rafael and started a swimming school, where she coached for 25 years. Her students included Olympians Rick DeMont and Ben Wildman-Tobriner.

Sometime in the late 1960s, her mother-in-law had her medals framed and put them up on the wall in Curtis’ swim school office.

Curtis stopped swimming several years ago, but she took up water aerobics and water walking, Cuneo said.