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Betty Robinson was an amazing woman from a young age. She started running young, and when she was only 16 years old she matched the world record for the 100-meter dash. She won the gold medal in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the first woman to win the event, and also added a silver medal in a relay. Even more amazing? Her Olympic gold-winning run was only her fourth time running the event.
Betty Robinson was an amazing runner to begin with. She was the fastest woman in the world. Until 1931 when she got in a biplane with her cousin. The plane went down, and the first people on the scene took Betty for dead. They drove her to the undertaker in the trunk of a car, where the undertaker found that Betty wasn’t actually dead, but had broken bones and was in a coma. She stayed unconscious for seven weeks.
It seemed that Robinson’s career was over. Doctors were amazed that she had survived and didn’t think she’d ever walk again, much less run in the Olympics. When she woke up, her leg was stuck in a cast for a full month and when it was finally healed it was a full inch shorter than her unbroken leg. It took two full years before she could stand and walk without a wheelchair.
Even that accomplishment was considered blowing past the expectations of doctors, who thought that she’d never be on the leg again.
She was injured through the 1932 Olympics, but Robinson wasn’t about to let a measly plane crash stop her. She trained, even though she couldn’t kneel in a sprinter’s start, and began to run again. By 1936, she was on her feet and healthy enough to win a spot on the US Olympic team.
Through what might be sheer willpower, Robinson managed to recover from her coma and broken bones and worked her way back to top shape. She earned a second gold medal at the Berlin games. Although she retired after Berlin, Robinson’s story is still completely mindblowing.