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The Wyomia Tyus Story

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"In 1968, Wyomia Tyus became the first person ever to win gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in two consecutive Olympic Games, a feat that would not be repeated for twenty years or exceeded for almost fifty. Tigerbelle chronicles Tyus's journey from her childhood as the daughter of a tenant dairy farmer through her Olympic triumphs to her post-competition struggles to make a way for herself and other female athletes. The Hidden Figures of sport, Tigerbelle helps to fill the gap currently occupying Black women's place in American history, providing insight not only on what it takes to be a champion but also on what it means to stake out an identity in a hostile world. Tyus's exciting and uplifting story offers inspiration to readers from all walks of life."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Ballydehob, Co. Cork, Ireland : Edge of Sports c/o Akashic Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781617756580
Branch Call Number: 92 T994t 2018
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Terzakis, Elizabeth - Author
Reid, Joy
Alternative Title: Tiger Belle
Wyomia Tyus story


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Mar 13, 2019

Enlightening, unpretentious autobiography by the first person, male or female, to win the Olympic 100m dash twice (1964 and 1968) - a remarkable feat considering that elite track and field was a strictly controlled amateur sport back in the day. Careers were much shorter than today because athletes had to support themselves through jobs and professions unrelated to sport.
Stories of upbringing, rise to dominance, and livelihood after the Olympics are told in straightforward, undramatic fashion. Especially interesting is the role of legendary Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, who promoted his women's team before there was Title IX. His #1 was that his athletes be good students and graduate. Downside in the later chapters is that Tyus dilutes strong points with repetition and rambling. Still an enjoyable book to those of us who admired her back in the day, and a recommended read for folks born after Olympic sports became professional.


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