Katharine Whitney Curtis

Mother of Synchronized Swimming

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About the Book

How do you invent an Olympic sport? For Katharine Whitney Curtis, it took the right idea, great talent, some good timing, and the determination to make it happen. The originator of synchronized swimming as we know it today, she even wrote the first book on the subject in 1936. But there was much more to her life and career. After the start of World War II, Curtis became a recreational director in the American Red Cross and followed the troops wherever the course of war took them, serving under Generals Patton and Eisenhower, before becoming a director of travel for the U.S. Army in Europe during the Cold War. Unbound by fear or the narrow expectations of society, this was a woman who lived ahead of her time, making things happen along the way. As her first biography, this book generously features Curtis’s own words, selected from more than 2,000 pages of letters, and contextualized by her surviving friends and family members.

About the Author(s)

Jordan Whitney-Wei is the great-grandnephew of Katharine Whitney Curtis. His previous writing and research focused on philosophy and poetry. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Jordan Whitney-Wei
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 55 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6458-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3823-2
Imprint: McFarland