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Author: Margaret Roberts

On This Week in Sport History ~ Women’s History Month ~ European Special

Rita Vittadini – Born on 19th March 1914 in Pavia, Italy Rita Vittadini competed in the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Where she won a silver medal as part of the women’s team event.  The competition took place on 8th and 9th August at the Olympic Stadium. Only five teams competed in this, the first women’s Olympic gymnastics event. The Dutch team won the event quite easily, with Italy a clear winner over Great Britain for the silver medal. The Italian team was remarkably young, with 9 of the 12 members under 15-years-old. The oldest team member was Lavinia Gianoni...

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On This Week in Sport and Leisure History ~ Women’s History Month, USA Special

Candace Costie – born 12th March 1963 in Seattle, Washington An Olympic synchronized swimming champion, Candace was more commonly known as Candy and formed a dominant duet with Tracy Ruiz. Candy and Tracy first teamed up when they were ten years old.  During their ten-year partnership, only twice did they ever finish lower than first place in the duet event, taking silver medals in the 1980 US Nationals and 1982 World Championships. They were gold medallists at the 1983 Pan American Games and also won an NCAA title together at the University of Arizona as well as four US...

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On This Week in Sport & Leisure History ~ British IWD Special

With it being Internation Women’s Day this week  –  I have chosen to highlight seven British Sports women, born this week, many of whom you may not be aware of.   5th March – Judy Grinham – born in 1939 in Neasden, London. Judy was also known by her married name, Rowley, and is a former swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics and European Championships as well as competing for England in the Commonwealth Games. Her first success came in 1953 when she won the Middlesex girls 100 yards backstroke as a member of Hampstead Ladies Swimming Club....

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On This Week in Sport & Leisure History ~Speed Skating

26th– Hans Johnny Höglin was born on this day in 1943 in Nykroppa, Sweden. He was a very surprising Olympic 10,000 m champion at Grenoble in 1968 when he beat the favourite, Fred Anton Maier, by 3/10th of a second with a fast final lap. Placing fifth in both the 1500m and 5000m earlier in the Olympics, Höglin had already performed better than expected. In 1968 and 1969 he finished sixth at the World Championships and at the 1972 Games he was 9th in the 1500m and 12th in the longer event – but his Olympic gold was his...

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On This Week in Sport and Leisure History ~ Diving

19th-Born on this day in 1909 in Ontario, California, Edwin Harold Smith, who was nicknamed “Dutch”.  He was affiliated to the Los Angeles Allied Athletics Club and made his Olympic debut in 1928 when he came 4th in the 3m springboard event, four years later in his home Games he won gold in the 10m platform and silver in the 3m springboard.  Domestically he won AAU springboard titles for 1m springboard in 1928 and 1930 and in the 3m in 1930 and 1931. After his Olympic successes he turned pro and appeared in various aquacades as well as coaching...

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