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Ethel Lackie: Surprise Olympic Swimming Champion; Essay by Robert Pruter

Ethel Lackie, as winner in swimming of numerous national and world record-setting races and a two-time gold medal winner in the 1924 Olympics she ranks as one of the top Chicago women athletes between the wars. Continue reading

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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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Evelyne Ruth Hall: Up from Poverty to Olympic Glory: Essay by Robert Pruter

Evelyne Hall represents the great achievement of Chicago’s parks, churches, and athletic clubs that helped lift her out of a life of desperate poverty, debilitating illness, and ill education to become healthy, educated, and one of America’s outstanding female athletes and an Olympic star. 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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Violet Krubaeck: A Remarkable Chicago Athlete in Basketball, Softball, and Track and Field; Essay by Robert Pruter

Violet Krubaeck’s stellar amateur career exemplifies how the sport institutions of the Chicago–the churches, the parks, and the clubs–together helped develop her into a great basketball, softball, and track champion. Continue reading

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Helen Filkey: How Missing the Olympics Crushed Her Dream of Track and Field Immortality; Essay by Robert Pruter

Helen Filkey was Chicago’s first great female track and field champion, setting national and world records from when she first entered sport in 1923 until her retirement in 1931. Continue reading

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Isadore Channels and the Roamer Girls: a Great African American Basketball and Tennis Star; Essay by Robert Pruter

Isadore Channels was one of the great African American athletes of the 1920s, a four-time singles winner of the African American national tennis tournament and captain of the top female black basketball team, the Roamer Girls. Continue reading

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Claudia Eckert: Chicago’s Greatest Female Aquatic Champion of the Depression Years; Essay by Robert Pruter

Claudia Eckert was the dominate swimmer and diver in Chicago during the Depression years, consistently winning swimming and diving championships in Chicago and nationally, for the AAU and the YMHA-YWHA. 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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Tidye Pickett: African American Olympic Track and Field Pioneer; Essay by Robert Pruter

Olympian Tidye Pickett exemplifies pioneering achievement for the African American athlete and for black America in general, her athletic breakthroughs that would eventually lead to the post-Civil Rights era of almost full legal and significant social integration into American society. Continue reading

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