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The First Lady of Olympic Track: The Life and Times of Betty Robinson [Paperback]

Joe Gergen

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30 April 2014
The 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam were the first in which women over the objections of many, including Pope Pius XI and the founder of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin were allowed to run in the marquee track events.

Equally remarkable is the story behind the first female gold medal winner in the 100-meter dash, sixteen-year-old American Betty Robinson.

A prodigy running in just her fourth organised meet, Robinson stunned the world, earning special praise from the president of the 1928 American Olympic Committee, General Douglas MacArthur. But Robinson's triumph soon became tragedy when in 1931 she was involved in a life-threatening plane crash. Unable to assume a sprinter's crouch, she nevertheless joined fellow pioneer Jesse Owens at the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics, and achieved further glory on the relay team. Journalist Joe Gergen's The First Lady of Olympic Track rescues an exceptional figure from obscurity.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810129582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810129580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,604,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe Gergen was a sports writer and columnist for Newsday for forty years. He also has written for numerous other publications, including Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, and New York magazine. His previous books include The Final Four (1987) and, with Ralph Kiner, Kiner's Korner (1987).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read 24 July 2014
By jaine - Published on Amazon.com
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The research was exceptional and it really read like a novel. The story was not only amazing but the way it was written kept me involved. These were incredible obstacles a young girl overcame--truly inspiring.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, and at the same time, a larger story. 20 May 2014
By Richard R. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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Betty Robinson's story is unique and extraordinary. The historical series of events that are very much a part of her story are well presented by Mr. Gergen. We see the world moving ahead through the lenses of two very significant Olympics. Betty's part in them make the book a rewarding read. Her comeback from a near fatal plane crash is inspiring. Good book to have.
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