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The Fulton Flash: double Olympic Champion form MO

Posted on: January 13, 2021 at 10:11:21 CT
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Here is a good podcast:

http://www.kbia.org/post/show-me-state-fulton-flash#stream/0

Helen Stephens starts high school in Fulton in 1931. She’s a gangly, gravelly-voiced farm girl dressed in homemade clothes. Her classmates tease her with the unfortunate moniker “Popeye.” Helen takes it in stride with humor, attempting to own her identity - a feat for any teenager.

One opportune day, the high school boys athletic coach asks her to run a 50-yard dash. He clocks her at a world record time. So begins the rise of one of Missouri’s most accomplished athletes.

Helen’s racing career begins in St. Louis against rival Stella Walsh and eventually lands her in a lane for the largest athletic event in the world: the Olympics. Her ascension to stardom and subsequent departure from the spotlight is rife with challenges, setbacks and cruelty under the public eye.

Remember: It’s the 1930s. And for Helen, a world record or a gold medal can’t get some people to look past her private life or even the fact that she is just a teenage girl.
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The Fulton Flash: double Olympic Champion form MO - KCT-BoneTiger MU - 1/13 10:11:21
     Interesting "back story" to Helen Stephens . . . - Tigerborn MU - 1/13 12:26:34
     I used to be a competitive distance runner - alstl MU - 1/13 12:19:15
     I'm no doctor but just from your description I'm guessing - lqf2b8 MU - 1/13 10:24:25
          At the 1936 Olympics, it was suggested that both Stephens - KCT-BoneTiger MU - 1/13 10:29:41
               they also gave Walasiewicz the okay and then when - lqf2b8 MU - 1/13 10:31:42
                    hey thats my pornhub search - colonel angus beef KC - 1/13 10:54:14
                    lol(nm) - meatiger MU - 1/13 10:33:25
          her main competition in the 36 Olympics was totally a dude - lqf2b8 MU - 1/13 10:28:03
               I'm telling my kids this was Don Draper - dangertim MU - 1/13 10:51:46
                    how on earth was that dude allowed to run as a girl (nm) - lqf2b8 MU - 1/13 10:55:19
                         simple, he just waved his hands all crazy - colonel angus beef KC - 1/13 10:56:05
                              acted irrational and got emotional over small things... yep - lqf2b8 MU - 1/13 10:57:18
               If you told me that's what the lead singer of some band like - dangertim MU - 1/13 10:39:19
                    Black Francis is much huskier and balder(nm) - cnk ATL - 1/13 10:42:48




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