The Roaring 20s was a time of many great things including art, music and sports. Not just any sport but women sports as well. Women did many great things during the 1920s and broke many barriers. Many barriers broken were broken in sports. The 1920s was a time before video games and most technology we use today.
That is why sports was such a big deal. When people think of sports in the twenties they think about Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey and Lou Gehrig. They were considered the greats but there are some athletes that are not the first mentioned even though they are all great athletes. These athletes are Glenna Collett Vare, Ethelda Bleibtrey and Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman.
These people have something in common. They are all inspirational female athletes. Glenna Collett Vare was an American professional golfer. She began playing golf at the age of 14 and won her first U.S Women’s Amatuear Championship in 1922.
She would later win five more U.S Women’s Amatuear Championships in the years 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930 and 1935. She was also runner-up in 1931 and 1932. In the mid 1920s she won 59 of her 60 matches in tournaments. She won the Canadian tournament in 1923 and 1924. She also won the French tournament in 1925.
She was the captain of the Curtis cup American team in 1934, 1936 and 1948. She was one of the six first women elected into the Women’s Golf Hall of Fame in 1950. In 1952 she was rewarded by the Vare Trophy. A trophy named after her awarded to the Women golf player with the best scoring average.
She died in February 3, 1989 and left the legacy of the Vare trophy, her Hall of Fame status and the inspiration she brought to girls of all ages to achieve their dreams.Ethelda Bleibtrey is a inspirational American swimmer. Ethelda began swimming as therapy for her crippling illness. She had polio (a virus that may cause paralysis). In 1919 she swam without stocking (tights of today) and because of that she was given a summons for “nude swimming.
” The public supported Ethelda and abandoned stockings as a form of normal women’s swimwear. By the 1920 olympics Ethelda held the world record for backstroke. Sadly, the olympics had no women backstroke competitions. Ethelda entered the three competitions she could enter. She set a world record for the 100 meter freestyle race despite swimming. She then broke that record in the final round by swimming the race in 1 min and 13.
6 seconds. She set another world record in the 300 meter race with a time of 4 min 34 seconds. Those were her first two gold medals, but she didn’t stop there. The third gold medal was won in the 400 meter group race where Team USA, her team won in 5 min 11.6 seconds.
Ethelda won every national American swimming championship and never lost a race during her Amatuear Carrier which is why she is considered one of the best. She became a professional swimmer in 1922. She was arrested for swimming in the Central Park reservoir in 1925 while demonstrating for more public swimming facilities in New York. She devoted her life to teach swimming to handicap people. Ethelda died May 6, 1978 leaving her legacy. Her legacy is not only her Olympic success but the life she devoted to the handicap people she taught to swim and the smiles on their faces.