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The Resource Their day in the sun : women of the 1932 Olympics, Doris H. Pieroth

Their day in the sun : women of the 1932 Olympics, Doris H. Pieroth

Label
Their day in the sun : women of the 1932 Olympics
Title
Their day in the sun
Title remainder
women of the 1932 Olympics
Statement of responsibility
Doris H. Pieroth
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The 1932 Olympic Games took place in Los Angeles in the depths of the Great Depression; that they were held at all falls barely short of miraculous. The United States sent thirty-seven women to compete - seventeen swimmers, seventeen track and field athletes, and three fencers. It was not easy, and far from acceptable, for a woman to be an athlete in 1932. As late as April 1931 the International Olympic Committee seriously considered eliminating women's events. The young Americans did their part to capture the imagination of spectators and reporters. Through the sports press they catapulted the Olympic Games and women's athletics into the nation's consciousness as never before. Doris Pieroth creates vivid portraits of the women, including the great Babe Didrikson the confident and outspoken track and field star, Tidye Pickett, one of only two African American women who represented the United States despite encountering racial discrimination; and Helene Madison, winner of three gold medals in swimming, who returned triumphantly to Seattle's West Green Lake Beach - as a hotdog vendor (park department rules barred women from teaching swimming). Pieroth's account is drawn from interviews with eleven of the women athletes, family members, other Olympians of the era, and witnesses of the 1932 games. She also quotes extensively from contemporary journalists such as Paul Gallico, Westbrook Pegler, and Damon Runyon, whose mixture of condescension, fulsome admiration for the "glamour girl" swimmers, and genuine, if sometimes grudging, admiration for the accomplishments of the athletes provides an intriguing view of the stereotypes these Olympic contestants were challenging
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pieroth, Doris Hinson
Dewey number
796.48
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Olympic Games
  • Women athletes
  • Olympic Games
  • Women athletes
  • United States
Label
Their day in the sun : women of the 1932 Olympics, Doris H. Pieroth
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Samuel and Althea Stroum book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 176-179) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Women's athletic odyssey -- Pathbreakers in track and field -- Track and field trials -- Swimming and diving glamour athletes -- Aquatic trials at Jones Beach -- Prelude to the games, Los Angeles style -- The games begin, track and field -- The games continue, swimming and diving
Control code
ocm34742522
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780295975535
Lccn
96023104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)34742522
Label
Their day in the sun : women of the 1932 Olympics, Doris H. Pieroth
Publication
Note
"A Samuel and Althea Stroum book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 176-179) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Women's athletic odyssey -- Pathbreakers in track and field -- Track and field trials -- Swimming and diving glamour athletes -- Aquatic trials at Jones Beach -- Prelude to the games, Los Angeles style -- The games begin, track and field -- The games continue, swimming and diving
Control code
ocm34742522
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780295975535
Lccn
96023104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)34742522

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