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  • Baret Boisson

    Track and field is where she earned her Olympic glory. At the age of 21, Babe competed in three events at the 1932 Olympics—the 80-meter hurdles, the javelin, and the high jump. She would have competed in more, but at the time women were limited to competing in up to three individual events. She easily won the javelin, the first Olympic javelin event ever available to women, with a hurl of 143 feet, four inches. Then she broke the world record in the first women's Olympic 80-meter hurdles.

  • Rita Doering

    Babe Didrikson Zaharias at the Olympics in Los Angeles in 1932. In an unorthodox combination of events to medal in, she took gold in the 80-meter hurdles and the javelin, also bringing home silver in the high jump. She shattered stereotypes of women in sports & has since been named the second-greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. Her performance may have ended up even higher on this list had women been allowed to compete in more than 3 Olympic events at the time.

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