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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was born on June 26, 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas. She is known to some as the best woman athlete. She has tried many sports, and succeeded very well in them. She became known for her skill in golf. There is a tournament every year in her name. She died on September 27, 1956 from colon cancer.
Zaharias entered in 3 Olympic events. They were javelin throw, 80 meter hurdles, and the high jump. She won in all there events. In the javelin throw, she got gold, 80 meter hurldes, gold, and the high jump silver. Also, she got her name "Babe" from hitting 5 homeruns in a childhood baseball game. Finally, Babe won a total of 82 golf tournaments, which include amateur and professional.
Mildred "Babe" Didrikson has shown a path for women athletes. She may have given them hope for one day being an amazing athlete. Her story inspired so many people to write books about her life and accomplishments. Also, just 15 months after major surgery, won a Women's US open by 12 strokes. The doctors told her that she would never be able to play golf ever again. She believe that for a second, then threw that thought away.
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