Characters

Julianna Margulies

The film’s narrator, Margulies is an Emmy Award-winning actress who was featured by TIME Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2015. The most awarded woman ever with eight Screen Actor Guild Awards, she earned Emmy Awards for her roles in two highly-acclaimed television programs, The Good Wife and ER. In the lead role of Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife, Margulies has won a Golden Globe, a Television Critics Association Award and two Emmy Awards. She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.

Shirley Babashoff

One of the great female swimmers of all time, Babashoff grew up in Orange County, California, and rose to fame competing for the Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team. Babashoff set six world records and earned a total of eight individual Olympic medals in her career (two gold, six silver). After winning three medals at the 1972 Olympic Games as a 15-year old, she excelled at the 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials, as she won every freestyle event and the 400 I.M., while setting three American records in the prelims, three more in the finals and a world record in the 800 freestyle final. In 1982, Babashoff was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer” and in 2005 she received the Olympic Order, the highest award of the Olympic Movement. Following her swimming career, Babashoff joined the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier, a job she still holds today.

Wendy Boglioli

Boglioli competed in the 1976 Olympic Games and the 21-year old finished the competition with a gold and a bronze medal. Originally from Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, she went on to graduate from Monmouth College and was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame and honored as a “Distinguished Alumna.” She began a successful business career with Genworth Financial in 1997, where she has helped in the long-term care insurance field, and served as national spokeswoman.

Jill Sterkel

A four-time Olympian from Hacienda Heights, California, Sterkel qualified for her first Olympics as a 15-year-old in 1976. From 1976 through 1988, she earned four Olympic medals (two gold, two bronze) and was a multiple-time world record holder. Sterkel also enjoyed a standout collegiate career at University of Texas, where she led the Longhorns to AIAW National Championships titles in 1981 and 1982. Following her competitive career, she guided the University of Texas women’s swimming team as head coach for 15 years. Sterkel was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer” in 2002.

Kim Peyton (1957-1986)

Peyton represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich as a backup swimmer. In the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, she won a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with teammates Jill Sterkel, Shirley Babashoff, and Wendy Boglioli, setting a new world record with a time of 3:44.82. Peyton attended Stanford University, where she swam for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team. Peyton died in 1986 at the age of 29 as a result of an inoperable brain tumor.