121 lb (55 kg)
Tracie Lehuanani Ruiz-Conforto
February 4, 1963 (age 58) (
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.
Tracie Ruiz 1983 American Cup
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.
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.
Tracie Ruiz was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1993.