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Rosenfeld and the Members of the Canadian Women's Team During their Victory Parade

Rosenfeld and the Members of the Canadian Women's Team During their Victory Parade
200,000 people met the champion women athletes and the men's rowing team on their return for the largest parade Toronto had ever seen. The women's team rode together, waving to the cheering crowds from a decorated car.

As they passed Patterson's, the chocolate factory where Rosenfeld worked, "half a hundred girls in uniform showered streamers from the windows and showed the colors of green and white. It was pretty much her parade for a block or so."

The parade concluded at Sunnyside park with a ceremony for the athletes. Then, as the Globe and Mail reported:

"Miss Rosenfeld, in response to cries of 'speech,' said:

'"It was awfully nice to make the team - it was awfully nice to look forward to the trip - but it was nicest of all to look forward to coming home. If my English is not very good now, please remember we have been in foreign countries. (Laughter). We did not go over for individual honor, but to bring the Canadian flag to the top of the pole. Every time a country won at Amsterdam, that country's flag went to the top. And we wanted to see our flag go to the top. I leave it to you whether it did or whether it did not.

"Miss Bell became embarrassed and confused after saying a few words, and the crowd laughed good naturedly. Miss Smith could not finish.

"Miss Rosenfeld: 'She had it written out, but she left it on the train.'"


Notes

1. "Wild Cheers Ring Out From Myriad Throats to Welcome Olympics," Globe and Mail 25 August 1928.

2. For more on the parade, see Ron Hotchkiss, "The Matchless Six," The Beaver Oct.-Nov. 1993, 42.

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Date / time
1928

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