Alma Richards: Olympian
More than a century has passed since Alma Richards won an Olympic gold medal, yet this story about man and sport—the drive to excel, victory as validation of hard work, the quest for public recognition and, ultimately, the achievement of self-identity and self-satisfaction—still resonates today.
“Gerlach’s well-sourced and well-reasoned arguments and commentary add nuance and critical analysis to the story, offering a break from straightforward narrative and allowing critical glimpses into both the athlete and his world.” —David J. Lunt, assistant professor of history, Southern Utah University“Gerlach seeks to separate fact from fiction, and myth from reality, to discover a gifted athlete whose story we thought we knew but didn’t. Richards’s life—which is full of triumphs and tragedies, successes and failure—provides any interested reader with an important lens to view a number of topics.” —John Sillito, professor emeritus of libraries, Weber State University, Ogden, Utahshow more
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