How Did It Take 48 Years For a Canadian Woman To Win An Olympic Gold Medal?

The winner of the women’s hundred-meter race at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics was a Polish athlete named Stanislawa Walasiewicz.

The silver medalist was Canadian Hilde Strike.

In 1980, when the Polish gold medalist was tragically killed as an innocent bystander during a bank robbery, the ensuing autopsy discovered that she was a he, and Strike was ultimately declared the winner.

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  1. Actually Stanislawa Walasiewicz was an “IT”, kind of, anyway. She set over 100 national and world records (including 51 polish records). Controversy whether her records should be erased remains unresolved and none of her achievements was taken from her. In Cleveland there is a recreational center named after her (Stella Walsh – her English name). For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanisława_Walasiewicz

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