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Tracie Ruiz

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National team  United States
Sport  Swimming
Club  Arizona Wildcats
Role  Olympic athlete
Height  1.62 m
Children  Michael Conforto
Weight  121 lb (55 kg)
Strokes  Synchronized swimming
Name  Tracie Ruiz
Nationality  American
Spouse  Mike Conforto
Carolyn Waldo, Tracie Ruiz, Miwako Motoyoshi, Women's solo synchronized swimming medal ceremony, McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium, at the 1984 Summer Olympics
Full name  Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto
Born  February 4, 1963 (age 58) (1963-02-04) Honolulu, Hawaii
Olympic medals  Synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer OlympicsWomen's solo

Similar  Candy Costie, Carolyn Waldo, Michael Conforto

Tracie Ruiz Conforto


Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto (born February 4, 1963) is a three-times Olympic medalist from the United States in synchronized swimming.

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Tracie Ruiz 1983 American Cup


Career

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Tracie excelled in both the solo and duet routines, winning a total of 41 gold medals during her career at national and international level. In the Women's solo event Ruiz achieved consecutive victories at the 1983 and 1987 Pan American Games, and she was the inaugural champion at the 1984 Summer Olympics. She narrowly missed out on a further gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics, settling for silver after having been beaten by her Canadian rival, Carolyn Waldo. Her domination of the event at the national level resulted in first place at all six US championships between 1981 and 1986.

She enjoyed a successful partnership with fellow American, Candy Costie, which included a silver medal in the Women's duet at the 1982 World Aquatics Championships in Guayaquil. Over the next few years they increased their medal haul, winning gold at both the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Summer Olympics. Their partnership also extended to winning four US national championships and one NCAA national championship.

Personal life

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In June 1985, she married Michael Anthony Conforto, a former Penn State football player who had helped her train for the Olympics. Their son, Michael Conforto, plays professional baseball for the New York Mets.

Awards

Tracie Ruiz was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1993.

References

Tracie Ruiz Wikipedia