Donna de Varona
Chris Epting is the author of 25 travel/history books, including James Dean Died Here, Roadside Baseball, and Led Zeppelin Crashed Here. He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways, and Travel + Lesiure magazine, and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Huntington Beach Independent. Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and their two children.
Donna de Varona is an American Olympic swimmer who set eighteen world records and won multiple gold medals during her career. In 1964, the Associated Press and United Press International voted de Varona the Most Outstanding Woman Athlete in the World. After retiring from swimming, de Varona became a sports broadcaster. At the age of 17, she appeared on ABC s Wide World of Sports, becoming the youngest and one of the first women sportscasters for a national network. Her groundbreaking career has earned her an Emmy, two Gracies, and the opportunity to cover seventeen winter and summer Olympic games. She was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1969.
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