Elise Hopper

At the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, Betty Robinson, a seventeen-year-old student from Chicago, won a gold medal in the inaugural offering of women’s track and field. Three years later as she prepared to defend her title at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, she was in a plane crash and believed to be dead until the mortician noticed her breathing and she was revived. Doctors told Robinson she’d be lucky to walk again and advised her to give up her Olympic aspirations. Yet at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, she was back on the podium with another gold medal.  

 

Betty Robinson represents one of many fascinating but overlooked pioneering women Olympians. In this talk, author Elise Hooper separates fact from fiction to uncover the progress and setbacks faced by women Olympians since they first began competing in 1900. 

Event date: 
Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
112 Norfolk Rd
Winthrop, WA 98862
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