Her mother took in laundry while her father worked as a seaman and furniture maker.
When she does, Park will become the only Hall of Famer with an Olympic gold medal in golf, which she captured at the Summer Games in Brazil. She will not, however, be the only Hall of Famer with an Olympic gold medal.
Zaharias captured two gold medals at the Olympic games in Los Angeles in track and field. Widely regarded as one of the best female golfers of all time, Zaharias is equally recognized as one of the greatest all-around athletes in U.
The Olympic Games were the grandest stage to showcase her skills, and even proved fortuitous in helping launch her golf career. During the run-up to the Olympics, Zaharias demonstrated some of the prowess which would soon propel her into folk hero status.
She competed in eight of 10 possible events, collecting six gold medals and breaking world records in three of the Olympic trial events: At the Olympic Games, there were only five individual track and field competitions for women. Olympic rules prohibited female competitors from entering more than three events.
With only 43 women on the American team compared to men, there were obviously fewer opportunities for women such as Zaharias to showcase her talents. Forced to choose, she picked the three events she dominated in Evanston: As would be expected from Zaharias, however, attention would follow.
Early on in her sporting career, Zaharias developed a reputation for showmanship, self-promotion, and boastfulness that might make even Muhammed Ali blush.
She basked in the attention, and while many of her competitors grew to resent Zaharias, she was not fazed. The press fell in love with her honesty, wit, and charm, and knowing that stories about her sold newspapers only encouraged Zaharias to play up this side of herself. In the javelin event, Zaharias set a new world record on her first attempt Her next two attempts were both for less distance, and although her German competitors thought she was just toying with them, she still held on to win the gold medal.
A few days later in the meter hurdle event, she beat fellow American Evelyne Hall by a fraction of a second, setting a new world record in the process at Hall believed she, not Zaharias, had won the race and had the tape marks on her neck to prove it.
Officials later concluded that the race was at least a tie, but a protest could not be filed since they were both from the same country.
So instead of sweeping gold, Zaharias instead came away with two golds and one silver, but just as importantly, grabbed the spotlight in Los Angeles and never let it get away. The day after her high jump event, Rice invited Zaharias — at the time a relative novice — to play a round of golf at the Brentwood Country Club.
Paired together, they won their best-ball match against three other golfers, setting in motion the next phase of a legendary career.
See the complete series here. The museum display for Babe Zaharias containing the commemorative gold medallion given as a gift to Bob Hope from Colonel W.Mildred "Babe" Didrikson, born on June 26, in Port Arthur Texas, has been voted "best woman athlete for the millennium." In her life, she set many records.
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