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Babe Didrikson Zaharias


Babe Didrikson - 1932 Olympics

Babe Didrikson throws javelin, winning the gold medal at the 1932 Olympics.

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About Babe Didrikson Zaharias:

Dates: June 26, 1911 - September 27, 1956

Known for: Her all-around athletic ability. Babe Didrikson was probably the best female athlete of her time.

Sports: Golf, track and field, basketball, baseball, softball, diving, roller skating, and bowling

Country Represented: USA


  • X Olympiad, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1932, Athletics/USA

Also known as: Babe Didrikson, Mildred "Babe" Didrikson

Organizations: In 1949 Babe Didrikson Zaharias became one of the founding members of the Ladies' Professional Golf Association.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Records:

  • Gold, Javelin toss, X Olympiad, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1932.
  • Gold, 80 metre hurdles, X Olympiad, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1932.
  • Silver, High jump, X Olympiad, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1932.
  • 10 Ladies' Professional Golf Association (LPGA) major championships. Tied for third most wins through 2006.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Honors:

  • "Female Athlete of the Year", the Associated Press, 1932, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1950, 1954.
  • U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 1983 (charter member)


Beaumont High School, Beaumont. Texas, USA, 1929

Background, Family:

  • Mother: Hannah Olson Didriksen
  • Father: Ole Didriksen, sailor and carpenter
  • Siblings: six: Dora, Nancy and Ole were born in Norway. Lillie and Louis (twins) and Arthur (Bubba), as well as Mildred (Babe), were born in Port Arthur, Texas.


  • husband: George Zaharias, (married December 23, 1938, professional wrestler)
  • no children

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