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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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Sybil Bauer: World’s Greatest Female Backstroke Swimmer; Essay by Robert Pruter

Sybil Bauer soared to international fame by becoming the greatest female backstroker, taking Gold in the 1924 Olympics, setting record after record in all distances, and then tragically dying at the age of 23 in early 1927. 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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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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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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