1928 Chicago Olympian

CHICAGO (Aug 19) - The Chicago Tribune has a great article about Betty Robinson, the Chicago Olympian who set a world record 100-meter-dash time in the 1928 Olympics, at only 16. She had been discovered by a high school track coach who saw her running to catch a commuter train, and for a moment, became the fastest woman in the world. Before the 1932, Olympics, though, she broke her leg in a plane crash so severe that responders thought she was dead. 

Expected to never run again, she made a comeback, winning a Gold on the 4x100 team in 1936.