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100 days of Kansas City-area Olympians: Catherine Fox, swimming

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Posted at 8:00 AM, May 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 09:00:36-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A two-time gold medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Roeland Park native Catherine Fox is one of the most-decorated swimmers in Kansas City history.

Fox, a freestyle specialist, helped the U.S. women’s 400-meter freestyle and medley relays to first-place finishes in Atlanta.

She graduated from Bishop Miege High School and became a 21-time All-American swimmer at Stanford University before her Olympic success.

During her time with the Cardinal, Fox won nine NCAA championships and set an American record in the 100-yard backstroke.

She was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Fox swam for the Kansas City Blazers, she thanked the staff — especially legendary founder and former head coach of the swim club, Pete Malone — and her teammates for the support in achieving her Olympic dream.

The Kansas City region has a deep, rich history with respect to the Olympic Games. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approach with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for July 23, we will profile an athlete with ties to Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas each day.

41 Action News and KSHB.com is your home of the Tokyo Olympics. Follow our coverage at kshb.com/sports/olympics and check out our complete list of 100 Kansas City-area Olympians as it is revealed.