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Norma Olsen, Synchronized Swimming Pioneer, Dies

February 29, 1996

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Norma Olsen, who campaigned to bring synchronized swimming to the Olympics, died Sunday. She was 89.

Olsen, who served as chairwoman of the Amateur Athletic Union’s national synchronized swimming association from 1952 to 1958, was inducted into the Helms Hall of Fame in 1970. The hall honors athletes and coaches who have contributed greatly to a sport.

Synchronized swimming made its debut at the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles and Olsen was invited to serve as a deck official.

She is survived by her daughter, Zoe Ann Olsen Bramham of Saudi Arabia, an Olympic diver who won a silver medal in London in 1948 and a bronze in Helsinki in 1952.

Her husband, Art, a diving coach, died in 1982.

In addition to her daughter, Olsen also leaves three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be private.

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