shirley babashoff, postal worker/olympian, with her dog, leroy
shirley babashoff has won eight olympic medals in women’s swimming: two gold, six silver, in the 1972 and 1976 games. unfortunately, though, she is remembered mostly for something else that happened at the ’76 games in montreal. shirley and her teammates heard what appeared to be male voices in the locker room. investigating the noise she found that it was coming from the east german women’s swim team. when the east germans went on to dominate the game, shirley called them out for doping. this charge turned out to be accurate, but shirley was lambasted by the press as being a sore loser and was nicknamed “surly shirley”. she’s now a mail carrier in southern california.