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The Birth of High School Gymnastics in Chicago; Essay by Robert Pruter

IIllinois since the 1920s has historically been among the top, if not the top, gymnastics programs in the high schools. The sport was pioneered in the state in Chicago, where high school physical education instructors, who came out of the German Turners and Czech Sokols, pioneered and promoted gymnastics competition in the Chicago Public High School League. Continue reading

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Jane Fauntz: Two-Time Olympian and Chicago’s First Female Diving Star; Essay by Robert Pruter

Jane Fauntz ranks as one of the most prominent swimming and diving stars between the wars, due both to her being a two-time Olympian, in 1928 and 1932 (when she medaled third) and to her undeniable glamour at a time when Americans hailed their female swimmers and divers for their beauty. 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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