The Golden Girl
Betty Cuthbert was the original golden girl who astonished the world by winning an unprecedented three gold medals on the track at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. Later she made a spectacular come-back from injury at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo where she won another gold medal. In all she broke 11 individual world records and five relay records and her astounding achievements have never been surpassed by another Australian athlete. Sadly for someone who felt she had a God-given gift, Betty contracted multiple sclerosis in her early 40s and is now confined to a wheelchair. To this day, however, she is feted by champions and garlanded with honours. In November it is 50 years since her victorious efforts at the 1956 Olympics. The Golden Girl celebrates Betty's golden anniversary in words and pictures. A noteworthy band of her peers, lifelong friends and admirers contribute their reminiscences of her remarkable sporting life and many of the pictures come from her personal collection. THE GOLDEN GIRL is a warm and intimate portrait of one of our most significant Olympians and a beautiful soul.
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1956 Melbourne Olympic 1st in heat 4x100 metres relay Ann Packer athletes AUSTRALIAN CONSOLIDATED PRESS Australian team beat Betty and Rhonda BETTY CUTHBERT PERSONAL Betty’s Britain’s BRUCE McAVANEY Cardiff career champion Christa Stubnick coach Commonwealth Games compete competition crowd CUTHBERT PERSONAL COLLECTION DAVID PRINCE Dawn Fraser disappointment Ermington finished Fleur Mellor friends GLORIA COOKE going gold medallist Golden Girl HERALD & WEEKLY HERB ELLIOTT IAN HEADS injury interclub Judy Amoore JUDY PATCHING June Ferguson June’s knew lane later Mandurah Marjorie Jackson Marlene Mathews men’s MIKE AGOSTINI national championships never NEWSPIX NORMA CROKER NSW Championships o’clock ofthe Olympic gold medal Opening Ceremony Perth PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION PHOTOGRAPHS BETTY CUTHBERT race Raelene Boyle relay team Ron Clarke runner running says seconds semi-final Shirley Strickland sprint double team-mates TONY CHARLTON track and field WEEKLY TIMES PHOTOGRAPHIC win gold women’s 100 metres won the 100 world record yards young