Tag Archives: Illinois Women’s Athletic Club

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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Betty Robinson: The Face of Chicago Women’s Track and Field; Essay By Robert Pruter

Betty Robinson became one of the famous athletes, male or female, to come out of Chicago between the wars, by virtue of her becoming America’s and the world’s first Olympic female gold medal winner in track and field, cementing her legacy to this day. Continue reading

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Annette Rogers: The Overlooked Chicago Olympian; Essay by Robert Pruter

Annette Rogers, a world class jumper and sprinter, won two gold medals in the Olympic Games, in 1932 and 1936, each time as a member of the winning United States 400-meter relay team, but has never achieved the renowned she warranted. 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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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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