John Naber, Donna de Varona Win USOPC Board Seats

Donna de Varona

John Naber, Donna de Varona Win USOPC Board Seats

The sport of swimming will have representation on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee Board, as John Naber and Donna de Varona won election to represent the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Alumni Association. The victories by Naber and de Varona were confirmed on the Facebook page of the Alumni Association.


Photo Courtesy: John Naber/ International Swimming Hall of Fame

Naber and de Varona beat out former track and field stars Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley and Rich Kenah and will begin their terms on the USOPC Board at the start of 2021. Naber and de Varona are members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and have long been involved with multiple federations since the conclusion of the athletic careers.

A two-time Olympian, de Varona followed her Olympic debut at the 1960 Games by winning a pair of gold medals at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. At those Games, de Varona won the 400 individual medley and contributed to the victorious 400 freestyle relay. Naber, meanwhile, was a five-time medalist at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. In addition to winning both backstroke events and helping the United States to a pair of relay titles, Naber was the silver medalist in the 200 freestyle.

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