Name: Babe Didrikson
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): High Jump, 80-meter Hurdles, Javelin
DOB: 6/26/1911
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas
Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
High School: Beaumont High School (Beaumont, Texas)
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1932); three-time Olympic medalist (2 golds, 1 silver)
  • Los Angeles 1932, gold (80-meter hurdles, javelin), silver (high jump)
Personal: Daughter of Ole and Hannah Didriksen...One of seven children to Norwegian immigrants...Played baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis and volleyball in high school....Was introduced to the game of golf by Grantland Rice during the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1932...Won the first golf tournament she entered...Changed the spelling of her surname from Didriksen to Didrikson as an adult...Forfeited her amateur status by allowing her name to be used in an automobile advertisement after the Olympics...Married professional wrestler George Zaharias...Was the leading money winner among female golfers between 1948-51...Wrote an autobiography entitled “This Life I’ve Led” in 1955...Was also a singer and musician and recorded several records.