Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias could do it all – she was an Olympic gold medalist, champion golfer, basketball and baseball player, vaudeville performer, celebrity and more. Once she won the US national track and field championships by herself – as in, she was a team of one and beat teams that had over a dozen athletes. Plus:  check out the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Race, a footrace that manages cover 3,100 miles but just one city block.

Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias (WomensHistory.org)

“Babe Didrikson at the 1932 Olympic Games” by Lindsay Parks Pieper, from the book Replays, Rivalries, and Rumbles: The Most Iconic Moments in American Sports

Babe Didrikson (Famous Texans)

Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence: The 3,100-mile race around a New York block (BBC)

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