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Helen Eileen Johns (September 25, 1914 – July 23, 2014), later known by her married name Helen Carroll, was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.
Johns was born in East Boston, but grew up in nearby Medford, Massachusetts. At the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Johns represented the United States at the age of 17. She won a gold medal in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay with U.S. teammates Eleanor Garatti, Helene Madison and Josephine McKim. The American women set a new world record in the event with a time of 4:38.0, beating teams from the Netherlands (silver) and Great Britain (bronze) by nine and fourteen seconds, respectively.
In 1936 Johns graduated from Pembroke College, the former women's college of Brown University, with a bachelor's degree in psychology and economics. She later received her master's degree in special education.
Johns married Eugene Carroll, and moved to Sumter, South Carolina. She had two daughters.
In addition to coaching swimming, she became a special education teacher in the Sumter School District in Sumter, South Carolina in 1957 and retired from that position in 1980. In 1996 Johns carried the Olympic torch for a stretch in the Olympic torch relay for the 1996 Summer Olympics. She was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame for her achievements as an Olympic swimmer in 2004.
Johns died on July 23, 2014, at the age of 99, in Sumter.
- ^ At 97, Olympic female gold medalist savors role as pioneer
- ^ a b c Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Helen Johns. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games, Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
- ^ Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Inductee Details: Helen Johns (Carroll)
- ^ Downtown Sumter Business News May 2007 (Helen Carroll listed as member of the Main Street Society)
- ^ Old, Jason (2014-07-24). "1932 Olympic gold medalist dies in Sumter". WIS. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- ^ Marvin Pave, "Helen Johns Carroll, 99; was gold medalist in 1932 Olympics," Boston Globe (August 15, 2014). Retrieved August 18, 2014.
- Helen Johns – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
- 1912: Great Britain (Moore, Fletcher, Speirs, Steer)
- 1920: USA (Woodridge, Schroth, Guest, Bleibtrey)
- 1924: USA (Donnelly, Ederle, Lackie, Wehselau)
- 1928: USA (Lambert, Osipowich, Saville, Norelius)
- 1932: USA (Johns, Saville, McKim, Madison)
- 1936: Netherlands (Selbach, Wagner, Den Ouden, Mastenbroek)
- 1948: USA (Corridon, Kalama, Helser, Curtis)
- 1952: Hungary (I. Novák, Temes, E. Novák, Szőke)
- 1956: Australia (Fraser, Leech, Morgan, Crapp)
- 1960: USA (Spillane, Stobs, Wood, von Saltza)
- 1964: USA (Stouder, de Varona, Watson, Ellis)
- 1968: USA (Barkman, Gustavson, Pedersen, Henne)
- 1972: USA (Babashoff, Barkman, Kemp, Neilson)
- 1976: USA (Peyton, Sterkel, Babashoff, Boglioli)
- 1980: East Germany (Krause, Metschuck, Diers, Hülsenbeck)
- 1984: USA (Johnson, Steinseifer, Torres, Hogshead)
- 1988: East Germany (Otto, Meissner, Hunger, Stellmach)
- 1992: USA (Haislett, Martino, Thompson, Torres)
- 1996: USA (Martino, Van Dyken, Fox, Thompson)
- 2000: USA (Van Dyken, Shealy, Thompson, Torres)
- 2004: Australia (Mills, Lenton, Thomas, Henry)
- 2008: Netherlands (Dekker, Kromowidjojo, Heemskerk, Veldhuis)
- 2012: Australia (Coutts, Campbell, Elmslie, Schlanger)