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Interesting "back story" to Helen Stephens . . .

Posted on: January 13, 2021 at 12:26:34 CT
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My father was a multi-sport athlete at both Hickman High (HHS Kewpies) in Columbia and Mizzou (football, basketball and track). Helen and my Dad were roughly the same age. They were also pretty close in physical dimensions, too, with Helen being 5'11 and about 155 lbs and my Dad being the same height and only about 10 lbs heaver at roughly 167. With Fulton and Columbia being so close, the two high schools competed in sports, including track and field. One sunny spring day in 1935 the two high schools competed in multi-team meet (Columbia, Jeff City and Fulton). My Dad was the fastest male sprinter at HHS. After the meet concluded, the Fulton coach challenged the Kewpie coach to an "exhibition" 100 yd dash between Helen Stephens and my Dad. My Pop saw how Helen dominated the female competition of the meet and knew that her times would be competitive with the Missouri state records (at that time) for the fastest high school male times in the 100 yard dash. So, "discretion being the better part of valor," he politely declined. :)

Edited by Tigerborn at 12:28:35 on 01/13/21
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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
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