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Dora Weithers

5 Stars

November 12, 2017

Political history, cultural norms and societal attitudes towards women all come together neatly in Roseanne Montillo’s story of Betty Robinson’s struggle for athletic recognition.  Betty’s personal journey is intriguing: from being an unlikely athlete, to her gold medal in Amsterdam, to her plane crash injury,  to her recovery and outstanding comeback.  She was inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1977.

Montillo’s portrayal of Betty Robinson as a trailblazer for other women will motivate anyone who has even the minutest sense of female pride; but in the end Montillo’s tale is also a story of American pride.  

Impressive for me, is that the author mentions the very human follies of some of these sports celebrities, making it seem possible for other ordinary young men and women in adverse circumstances to achieve greatness. 

Through Blogging for Books (, I received this book free from the publisher. There was no request for me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.