The Greats of Jewish Athletics

In 2011 and 2012 I gave three talks on "The Greats of Jewish Athletics". The links below connect to printable slides from those presentations.

In chronological order:

Lon Myers – greatest runner of the 19th century, champion from sprints to one mile

Myer Prinstein - who sacrificed one Olympic gold on Sunday, but still won four more

Joan Belasco – rabbi's daughter who soared high but slipped under the radar of fame

Harold Abrahams – whose 1924 100 metres win was celebrated in "Chariots of Fire“

Gretel Bergmann – anathema to Hitler – the Jewess who beat the Aryans

Irena Szewinska - Queen of the sport, who won medals in four successive Olympics