Betty Robinson Schwartz: First female Olympic gold medalist for track and field

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In 1928, at age 16, Elizabeth “Betty” Robinson Schwartz became the first woman ever awarded an Olympic gold medal for track and field. A few years later, in 1931, Schwartz was in a plane crash. Mistakenly identified as dead, she was placed in the trunk of a car, and driven to the morgue where it was discovered that she was still alive but in a coma. It took her years to walk normally again but she returned to track and field and was part of the US relay team at the 1936 Summer Olympics where her team won gold.

National Women’s History Museum

Inspiring stuff.

  • archersangel

    Her story needs to be a movie.

  • HedgehogQueen

    Yes it does!!!