Friday, August 8, 2008
‘Headed for the 1940 American Olympic Games team is Esther Williams, 17-year-old swimming sensation of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Last week comely Esther broke the national record in the 100-yard breast stroke.’
Found this photo on the UCLA Library website and is dated with April 5, 1939 for the Los Angeles Times. Apparently in spite of being on the team she never made it to the Olympics, World War II began and the games were cancelled.
Here is a great video of her in action…my barbies used to duplicate these exact moves in the tub.
Video is from the 1946 Ziegfeld Follies thank’s to Indigo1045 for posting it!