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Stephanie Parks
Stephanie Parks • 3 years ago

1936 -- For the first and only time in Olympic history, the Vatican City fielded teams in several events, including the Womens' Rifles. The team, lead by Mother Superior Maria Grazia, didn't win any medals, but became minor celebrities. In 1937, they did an international exhibition tour of several Latin American countries and then the United States, where using the stage name "Nuns With Guns" they were a major attraction at the 1937 State Fairs in Iowa and Minnesota. With the very real prospect of war in Europe, the Vatican decided that "Nuns with Guns" wasn't a good image for the Catholic Church, so the Vatican Women's Rifle Team was disbanded in February, 1938. Sister Juliette(far right), however, left the order in 1942 to join the French underground as a sharpshooter. She was credited with the assassination of several Nazi officials and provided support for numerous covert operations. In 1946, she was awarded the Médaille Militaire by the French government. After a failed attempt to enter politics, she entered the convent again in 1949.

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