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International Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame

June 2011

Issue 4


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) honored 9 legends from the world of Aquatics at the Honoree Induction Ceremony on Friday May 6, 2011 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. This prestigious program was the feature for the 47th Annual ISHOF Honors Weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, along with the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, a Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) event featuring the world's greatest Olympic divers,held May 5 - 8, 2011 at the Hall of Fame Pool.

Roughly 400 people attended this year's event to pay tribute to the honoreesprince albert and help raise funds for ISHOF.  NBC's Trina Robinson joined Olympic medalist and world record holder Aaron Wells Peirsol as the MCs for the evening.  Broward County Mayor Suzanne Gunzburger presented the key to the County to Prince Albert of Monaco II and the City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Vice Mayor Bobby DuBose, Commissioner Romney Rogers, and Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom presented the key to the City.  Aquatic greats from over twenty different nations along with other special guests such as Illusionist David Blaine, Guy Harvey, and others attended the most prestigious event of the year. 

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This year's Honorees from LtoR: Lenny Krayzelburg, Re Calcaterra (both USA),  Thomas Hoad, Petria Thomas (both AUS), Denes Kemeny (HUN), Michael Read (GBR), Miya Tachibana (JPN),  Aleksandar Sostar (YUG, SER)

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Jantzen swimsuits


This new ISHOF exhibit documents the story of swimming in Fort Lauderdale over the past 100 years and showcases a century of swimwear from the Jantzen archives. It includes suits worn by Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Ronald Reagan, and suits from the film "Where The Boys Are". A private unveiling of

the exhibit and ribbon cutting was held onCentennial Exhibit

April 27.  

It was attended by Mayor Jack Seiler, Commissioner Romney Rogers and Charlotte 

Rodstrom, several Local Olympic heroes and the Sun Sentinel Fashion Editor Rod Stafford Hagwood. 

The exhibit will run through October 2011. 

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Fort Lauderdale - When ESPN Magazine hits the newsstands this week, look for a photo of the FINA Grand Prix Diving meet, at the Hall of Fame Pool, on the cover and more about the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in its story on objects that define the history of sports.

"Photographer Svend Lindbaek was in Ft. Lauderdale to photograph Johnny Weissmuller's swimming suit and the lane 4 starting block from which Mark Spitz won six of his seven Olympic gold medals," said Bruce Wigo, President of the ISHOF.

Weissmuller's bathing suit, along with over 100 other pieces of aquatic memorabilia will be on display at a special ISHOF exhibition in Shanghai, China next moth, during the XIV FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Last year, the ISHOF was selected by the Travel Channel as the "Best Sports Museum" in the State of Florida and earlier this year was listed by the New York Times as one of the top places to visit during weekend stay in Fort Lauderdale.

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ISHOF Takes Swimming History Exhbit

To Shanghai China

Fort Lauderdale  (June 6) -  When the XIVth FINA World Aquatic Championships opens at the new Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China on July 15th, fans of swimming will be treated to the most extensive traveling exhibition of aquatic memorabilia ever displayed outside of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  Among the more than 100 items that will on display are over two dozen Olympic medals, over 30 historic swimsuits, dating from the nineteenth century and including suits worn by recent Olympic champions in the four disciplines of aquatics, swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized and open water swimming, as well as aquatic sculptures, trophies, training and timing equipment.  

"From reproductions of statues ancient Greek divers and the hand paddle invented by Benjamin Franklin to original medals won by swimmers who participated in the inaugural Olympic Games of 1896 up to Aaron Peirsol's 2008 Olympic Gold medal, this exhibit tells the history of the aquatic sports through some of the memorabilia owned by many of the greatest aquatic athletes of the modern Olympic era," said Bruce Wigo, President of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.  "We're very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Shanghai Sports Museum, the World Championship Organizing Committee and FINA to showcase the rich history of Aquatics to a truly international audience who have not had the opportunity to visit Fort Lauderdale."


The exhibit opens in Shanghai on July 15th. For more information, call 954-462-6536, or visit

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