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Mary Carew - 1st Leg
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Mary Louise Carew Armstrong was an American athlete who competed in the sprints.

She competed for the United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, in
the 4 x 100 metres where she won the gold medal with her team mates Evelyn Furtsch,
Annette Rogers and 100m bronze medalist Wilhelmina von Bremen.

Born: September 8, 1913 Medford, MA
Died: July 12, 2002, Framingham, MA (aged 88)
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Evelyn Furtsch
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Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda was an American athlete. She was awarded a gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay with teammates Mary Carew, Annette Rogers and Wilhelmina von Bremen at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Furtsch was born in San Diego, California in 1914. She and her family moved to Orange County when she was 8 years old. During her Junior year at Tustin High School, a gym teacher noticed that she ran very fast. It was brought to the attention of Tustin High School track coach, Vincent Humeston where she was soon training and running with the boys track team. At the time, only big cities and big city schools had organized women's track & field. Humeston got in touch with the Los Angeles Athletic Club, who were at the time, training girls for the 1932 Olympics. In 1931, Furtsch placed in an AAU championship for the only time, when she finished second in the 100 yards

In the 1932 Olympics, the Women's 4 x 100 meters relay team broke both the Olympic and world record. Although they ran it in 46.9 seconds, the Olympics at that time did not count tenths of a second. The Olympic record, therefore, was recorded at 47.0 seconds, while the world record at 46.9 seconds. Furtsch was the first woman in Orange County to win an Olympic gold medal. She received the Ralph Clark Distinguished Citizen Award in Santa Ana in 1984. She was elected into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

Furtsch was the last surviving member of the 1932 4x100 meter relay team. She turned 100 in April 2014, thus becoming the first female Olympic champion in athletics to live for a century and the first female American Olympic gold medalist to do so.[5] She and Godfrey Rampling are the only Olympic track and field gold medalists to live for a century

Born: April 17, 1914
Died: March 5, 2015 (aged 100)
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Annette Rogers
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Annette Rogers Kelly was an American sprinter who competed mainly in the 100 metres.

She competed for the United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles in
the 4 x 100 metres relay where she won the gold medal with her teammates Mary Carew,
Evelyn Furtsch and Wilhelmina von Bremen. She returned to the following Olympics with teammates Harriet Bland, Betty Robinson and Helen Stephens to win her second Olympic gold medal. Rogers Kelly also helped set two world records in 4 × 100 m relay in 1932.

She was a graduate of Northwestern University.
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Born: October 22, 1913 Chelsea, MA
Died: Nov. 8, 2006 Des Plains, IL (aged 93)
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Wilhelmina von Bremen
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Wilhelmina "Billie" von Bremen was an American sprint runner. At the 1932 Summer Olympics,
she won an individual bronze medal in the 100 meters and a gold medal in the 4×100 meters relay.

Von Bremen graduated from Western Women’s College in Ohio and ran for the Western
Women's Club in her home city. She came second in the AAU meet in 1932 to Ethel Harrington. However Harrington was not meant to run and therefore von Bremen was declared the winner.

In the first heat Marie Dollinger broke the 100 metres Olympic record with a time of 12.2 seconds. This time was immediately improved by Stanislawa Walasiewicz, who also set a
world record. However it was von Bremen who took the bronze

Born: Aug 13, 1909
Died: July 16, 1976 (aged 66)
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