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The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh: The Greatest Female Athlete of Her Time


The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh: The Greatest Female Athlete of Her Time

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    Sheldon Anderson(Author)
Stella Walsh, who was born in Poland but raised in the United States, competed for Poland at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, winning gold and silver in the 100 meters. Running and jumping competitively for three decades, Walsh also won more than 40 U.S. national championships and set dozens of world records. In 1975, she was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, yet Stella Walsh's impressive accomplishments have been almost entirely ignored. In The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh: The Greatest Female Athlete of Her Time, Sheldon Anderson tells the story of her remarkable life. A pioneer in women's sports, Walsh was one of the first globetrotting athletes, running in meets all over North America, Europe, and Asia. While her accomplishments are undeniable, Walsh's legacy was called into question after her murder in 1980. Walsh's autopsy revealed she had ambiguous genitalia, which prompted many to demand that her awards be rescinded. In addition to telling her fascinating story, The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh provides a close look at the early days of women's track and field. This book also examines the complicated and controversial question of sex and gender identity in athletics-an issue very much in the news today. Featuring numerous photographs that help bring to life Walsh's story and the times in which she lived, this biography will interest and inform historians of sport and women's studies, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about a Polish immigrant who was once the fastest woman alive.

Although many academic studies have broached the subject of Stella Walsh's remarkable life, none have even come close to the detail and depth provided by Sheldon Anderson. Brilliantly researched and eminently readable, Anderson's superb biographical work explores the myth and reality of an iconic female athlete.--Toby Rider, assistant professor of kinesiology, California State University, FullertonIt is clear that this book has been meticulously researched, and I can certainly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about the life and times of Stella Walsh.--Joanna Harper, adviser to the International Olympic Committee on matters of gender and sportThe Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh is an important study of one of the most significant athletes of the twentieth century. Anderson offers insightful analysis of Walsh's transatlantic life, her ties to the Polish-American community, her amazing record of achievement and longevity, and her tragic death. He ably demonstrates how the deeply embedded sexism and class bias of American and Olympic amateur sports constrained Walsh's athletic career, at the same time illuminating how Walsh turned athletics into a space of freedom and self-expression.--Susan Cahn, professor of history, University at Buffalo, and author of Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Women's Sport

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  • PDF | 244 pages
  • Sheldon Anderson(Author)
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (16 Sept. 2017)
  • English
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  • Biography

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