Imogene Opton Fish

Imogene Opton Fish

Imogene Opton Fish ’55 was an avid athlete. She grew up in a pre-Title IX world, but never let discrimination stop her. In high school, she was always part of a team. She played field hockey, basketball, and softball for all four years, and was inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame.

A product of the mountainous region around North Conway, New Hampshire, where she grew up, Fish was an enthusiastic skier. At just 19 years old, she traveled to Oslo, Norway, to put her athleticism to the ultimate test. Fish represented the United States in the 1952 winter Olympics as an alpine skier. She participated in the women’s slalom event, where skiers race downhill through a course of poles, turning quickly and precisely. On her most successful event, Fish finished in fifth place.  

Though she never won an Olympic medal, she has continued her dedication to an athletic lifestyle and has skied and hiked in the White Mountains throughout her life. As her friend Susan Ware wrote about her, “Imo still thinks of major birthdays divisible by ten as a chance to compete in a new age group!” 

Later in life, Imogene received a master of arts in teaching from Harvard and a master’s degree in education counseling from Northeastern University.  She was the director of graduate admissions at Wheelock College before retiring in 1992. 

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Mount Holyoke College

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