Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?


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Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby lovetorun » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:22 am

I grew up in Tustin, California...an agricultural town when I was a youth, but now a sprawling 77,000+ suburban community in Orange County.

Tustin had a gold medalist in the 1932 LA OG...anyone know who it was and the event?
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby norunner » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:07 pm

lovetorun wrote:I grew up in Tustin, California...an agricultural town when I was a youth, but now a sprawling 77,000+ suburban community in Orange County.

Tustin had a gold medalist in the 1932 LA OG...anyone know who it was and the event?
The fact that you called him/her "gold medalist" and not "olympic champion" makes me think it's a member of the relay teams and the US won all of them. Don't know any of the names though, so i can't even guess. I know Wilhelmine von Bremen won 100m bronze, somehow that name is so very very german it stuck with me since i read it for the first time 30 years ago. But with that name she was probably born in Germany and emigrated to the US.
So how about a hint, relays, yes no ?
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby lovetorun » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:43 pm

Yes, a relay.
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:19 pm

Must be one of the women on the winning four by 100 relay. I don't know which one.
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby norunner » Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:39 am

DoubleRBar wrote:Must be one of the women on the winning four by 100 relay. I don't know which one.
Yeah, it's one of them, i only know now because i cheated. But it's a tricky question because according to the info she wasn't born in Tustin.
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby lovetorun » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:36 am

Another hint: She (now we know it WAS the ladies 4 X 100) also played basketball, field hockey and baseball at Tustin High School...and since there was no girls track at the H.S., she joined the boys team and was coached by Vincent Humeston. It was Coach Humeston who saw her talent and encouraged her to try for the Olympics.

Feel free to "cheat". I want someone to get it. :)
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:56 am

Ok, how about Evelyn Furtsch?
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby lovetorun » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:19 pm

I thought DoubleRBar might get it...yes. it is Evelyn Furtsch on the women's 4 x 100 relay.

Just curious, Double R Bar...how did you find her?
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:53 pm

I have several books on the Olympics, one of which has short biographies on different team members. I knew most of the names of the American women's relay team from 1932, but didn't know much about them. I read about Evelyn Furtsch being from Tustin (I had a good high school friend from Tustin). I'm not sure, but Evelyn might still be alive today. She would be getting pretty close to 100. Would be great to see her reach 100.
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby bambam » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:38 pm

DoubleRBar wrote:I'm not sure, but Evelyn might still be alive today. She would be getting pretty close to 100. Would be great to see her reach 100.


Alive as of April 2013 - almost certainly still alive as my Olympic stats group has not heard of her death since then and this would be reported.

Evelyn Furtsch is:

1. The second-oldest living gold medalist (and medalist of any colour), behind Sándor Tarics of Hungary (born September 23, 1913, gold medal in water polo at the 1936 Summer Games)
2. The fifth-oldest female Olympian, behind Ingeborg Sjöqvist of Sweden, Simone Schaller of the United States, Yvonne Van Bets of Belgium (although some sources have her born in 1928), and Thérèse Blondeau of France.
3. The second-oldest female T&F athlete, behind Schaller
4. The third-oldest T&F athlete overall, behind Guo Jie of China and Schaller
5. The third-oldest U.S. Olympian, behind Walter Walsh and Schaller
6. The eleventh-oldest Olympian worldwide, behind Walsh, Hans Erni of Switzerland (an art competitor), Guo, Sjöqvist, Schaller, Eduard von Falz-Fein of Lichtenstein, Ettore Perego of Italy, Tarics, van Bets, and Blondeau.
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby lovetorun » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:33 am

Yes, she turned 99 on April 17 this year...wow, what a distinction.

Just a personal note: My mother, Thora Francis, was a class mate of Evelyn Hurtsch at Tustin H.S. Unfortunately, she wasn't blessed with the longevity of Ellen...having died at age 47 of cancer in January, 1962. :(
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby tandfman » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:43 am

Gary Cohen interviewed her just last year:

http://www.garycohenrunning.com/Interviews/Furtsch.aspx
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Re: Who is the gold medalist from my hometown?

Postby lovetorun » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:22 am

Interesting interview...thanks for sharing.
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