Dara Torres, Ron O’Brien, Erin Popovich to be Inducted Into US Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame

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Dara Torres will be inducted into the US Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame November 1. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced its 2019 induction class with nine individuals, one team, two legends, one coach and one special contributor. Swimmer Dara Torres, diving coach Ron O’Brien and paralympic swimmer Erin Popovich were among the 13 inductees that will be honored and inducted at an awards dinner Friday November 1 at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The rest of 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)
  • Tim Nugent (special contributor)

Dara Torres

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Dara Torres; Photo Courtesy: JM STREINER

  • Twelve-time Olympic medalist
  • Tied for most decorated female swimmer in history
  • First American to swim at five Olympics
  • At 41, set three American records en route to three silver medals at Beijing 2008
  • 16-time national champion
  • Inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ron O’Brien

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Ron O’Brien (left) with Dick Kimball; Photo Courtesy: ISHOF Archive

  • Coached the U.S. Olympic diving team at eight straight Olympic Games between 1968-1996
  • His divers won 154 gold, 90 silver and 78 bronze medals in major Olympic, world, national, NCAA and Big Ten Conference diving championships in his first 25 years of coaching
  • All 12 U.S. diving individual national titles were won by his divers in 1988
  • Inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1988

Erin Popovich

Photo Courtesy: Swimming World Archive

  • Three-time Paralympian and 19-time medalist, including 14 golds
  • Won seven golds in seven races, setting three world records and four Paralympic Games records at Athens 2004
  • Two-time winner of the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability

13 comments

  1. Takehiro Honma

    congratulation、I don’t forget Dara Torres’s 🏊race。

  2. Ann M Cooper

    Dara Torres 👍👍🥰

  3. Rik Parker

    Amazing class!

  4. Tom Moon

    CONGRATS, Dara. Well Deserved! ENJOYED watching you compete. You are a truly INSPIRATIONAL person!

  5. Greg Christian

    How is Dara not already in?

    • Chris Clarke

      Greg Christian how do you get faster in your 30’s after 2 kids??

  6. Diane Pavelin

    Trisha Zorn should’ve gotten in for para. She was a h.s. and college All-American, and qualified for the Olympic Trials as a visually impaired swimmer. That’s impressive.