Bobbie Rosenfeld wasn’t just an Olympic medalist, she was quite possibly the most versatile athlete of all time. Born Fanny Rosenfeld and nicknamed for her bobbed hair, Rosenfeld won gold and silver medals for two different track events at the 1928 Olympics, but was forced to retire a year later due to severe arthritis. In her short but remarkable career as an athlete, Rosenfeld played professional softball, ice hockey, basketball, tennis, and lacrosse, and competed in speed skating and javelin and discus throwing, among other sports. As one commentator said, “The most efficient way to summarize Bobbie Rosenfeld's career…is to say she was not good at swimming.” Even after her retirement from active competition, Rosenfeld continued her sports career as a commentator, championing women athletes and arguing they deserved the same respect as male competitors.
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