Two-time Olympic gold medalist Donna De Varona is set to appear in a video interview on HBO’s show “Real Time With Bill Maher” on Friday, August 6.
The show is set as a roundtable discussion, featuring comedian Bill Maher, along with several other guests each week. Throughout the show, Maher debates contemporary topics with his guests.
On the show, De Varona will be discussing her work as an activist for women’s sports, specifically through her Women’s Sports Policy Working Group. The group, which includes several other prominent athletes, is currently at the forefront of the battle surrounding transgender athletes in competing in women’s sports, as formed in response to President Joe Biden’s executive order that mandates blanket inclusion for all transgender female athletes.
De Varona represented the United States at both the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games, winning two gold medals in 1964 in the women’s 400 IM and 4×100 freestyle relay. With her gold in the 400 IM, De Varona became the first Olympic Champion in the event, also setting the Olympic Record in the process.
After her retirement, De Varona joined the broadcasting world appearing on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and earning an Emmy for her work on the show. De Varona also took her influence to the political world, working for the Senate on several occasions, becoming a well-known activist for females in sports and for Title IV.
For her work as both a swimmer and activist, De Varona was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1969. She also was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003.