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Helen Stephens (February 3, 1918 – January 17, 1994)

Helen Herring Stephens was an American athlete and a double Olympic champion in 1936.
Born: February 3, 1918, Fulton, Missouri, United States
Died: January 17, 1994, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Weight: 70 kg
Education: William Woods University
Olympic medals: Athletics at the 1936 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metres, more
Awards: Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
Buried: Callaway Memorial Gardens, 1700 US Business Highway 54 South, Fulton, MO 65251

Helen Herring Stephens was an American athlete, a double Olympic champion in 1936. Stephens lived in Florissant, Missouri with her partner of 41 years, Mabel Robbe, until Robbe's death in 1986. At the 1936 Olympics, it was suggested that Stephens and her 100 meters rival Stella Walsh, who had both X0 and XY chromosomes, were in fact male. The Olympics committee performed a physical check on Stephens and concluded that she was a woman. Stephens, nicknamed the "Fulton Flash" after her birthplace Fulton, Missouri, was a strong athlete in sprint events - she never lost a race in her entire career - but also in weight events like the shot put and discus throw, and she won national titles in both categories of events. Stephens retired from athletics shortly after the Games and played some professional baseball and softball. From 1938 to 1952, she was the owner and manager of her own semi-professional basketball team.
Together from 1941 to 1986: 41 years.
Helen Herring Stephens (February 3, 1918 – January 17, 1994)
Mabel Robbe (died in 1986)



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At Callaway Memorial Gardens (1700 US Business Highway 54 South, Fulton, MO 65251) is buried Helen Stephens (February 3, 1918 – January 17, 1994), American athlete, a double Olympic champion in 1936. Stephens lived in Florissant, Missouri with her partner of 41 years, Mabel Robbe, until Robbe's death in 1986. At the 1936 Olympics it was suggested that Stephens and her 100 metres rival Stella Walsh, who had both X0 and XY chromosomes, were in fact male. The Olympics committee performed a physical check on Stephens and concluded that she was a woman.



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