Category Archives: Amateur Women’s Speed Skating

Skating, Skiing, and Leif Ericson: Norwegians and their New Homeland in Chicago; Essay by Robert Pruter

Norwegian immigrants to Chicago played a huge role the development of winter sports in Chicago and suburbs, particularly speed skating, which became a major sport in the city during the 1920s and 1930s, and left a legacy of achievement that continued to send speed sskaters to the Olympics for decades afterwards. Continue reading

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Helen Bina, Preeminent Chicago Playgrounds Product and National Champion Speedskater; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Bina was one of the great female champions in speedskating, winning the prestigious Silver Skates Derby in Chicago, the United States National women’s championship, and being selected as one of five American female racers who competed at the Olympic Games at Lake Placid in a demonstration sport contest with Canada. Continue reading

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Lois Littlejohn: Working Class Pioneer In Speedskating and Cycling; Essay by Robert Pruter

Lois Littlejohn overcame a dirt poor upbringing to become a national champion speedskater and a local champion cyclist, benefitting from support of the extensive sport institutions of modern Chicago.. Continue reading

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Catherine Fellmuth: An Unknown Great Multi-Sports Athlete; Essay by Robert Pruter

Unheralded sportswoman Catherine Fellmuth probably surpassed the great Babe Didrikson in all-around athletic achievement. Continue reading

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