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Olympic Gold Medalist Living at Atria Bay Spring Village

Olympic Gold Medalist Living at Atria


Posted on September 1, 2014 by Suzy Baird


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We have an Olympic gold medalist in our midst! One of our residents at Atria Bay Spring Village, Janet S., won gold at the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland as a member of the US Women’s 4x100 meter relay team. Janet never thought her team would win; they were up against the Australians, the heavy favorites. But relays aren’t just about running – the baton also has to be passed, and at the last second Australia dropped theirs. The US pulled ahead and won! Janet was an athlete throughout her life and was encouraged by her high school physical education teacher to attend college to continue her education and participate in track and field. At Boston University, she qualified for and participated in the 1951 Pan American Games. That led to her qualifying for the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Before retiring, Janet was a physical education teacher at Barrington Middle School for approximately 30 years. She became a Eucharistic Minister, serving the residents at Atria Bay Spring Village. It was the natural next step to become a resident. “It’s where I always wanted to be,” Janet said. Today, she continues her active lifestyle at the community. A little bit more on our superstar: Janet has donated her Olympic uniform to the USOC archives and says her gold medal will one day go to Boston University. We are honored to have Janet call Atria Bay Spring Village her home!

– Suzy Baird, Engage Life Director at Atria Bay Spring Village


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1 Comment

  • Donna Canovali says:

    This is a very interesting and inspiring story. I admire the determination of lifelong athletes like Janet. It is also another example of how good people are drawn to the good people of Atria.
    Donna Canovali, Engage Life Director Atria South Hills