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 (

“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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