United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
Olympic Medals
Games Participations1
First Olympic GamesLos Angeles 1932
Year of Birth1911


Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson is considered by many authorities to be the greatest all-round sportswoman in history. She first came to national prominence at the 1932 AAU Championships, when her team, Employer's Casualty, won the team title. Babe was the entire team.

Olympic champion first

At the Olympic Games in 1932, she won the javelin throw, and the high hurdles, and finished second in the high jump, after a jump-off in which she lost to Jean Shiley (USA). In 1932, women were restricted to competing in only three individual events in track & field athletics. Had she been able to compete in more events, it is likely that Babe could have won medals in the discus throw, relay, and long jump. The women's pentathlon did not make the Olympic program until 1964, but Babe Didrikson would have won that event in 1932, with laughable ease.

The greatest golfer after

After the Games, Babe Didrikson took up golf and became the greatest women's player in that sport. She won the 1946 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 1947 British Ladies' Amateur and then turned professional. As a professional, she won the U.S. Women's Open in 1948, 1950, and 1954 (just after being diagnosed with cancer). From 1948 to 1951, she was the leading money winner on the LPGA circuit, during the first four years of its existence, and she won 31 LPGA sanctioned events.

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