Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women

Fire on the Track Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic GoldWhen Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the Olympic Games

  • Title: Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women
  • Author: Roseanne Montillo
  • ISBN: 9781101906156
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic GoldWhen Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth ever organized track meet She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world TThe inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic GoldWhen Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth ever organized track meet She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut Amsterdam made her a star.But at the top of her game, her career and life almost came to a tragic end when a plane she and her cousin were piloting crashed So dire was Betty s condition that she was taken to the local morgue only upon the undertaker s inspection was it determined she was still breathing Betty, once a natural runner who always coasted to victory, soon found herself fighting to walk.While Betty was recovering, the other women of Track and Field were given the chance to shine in the Los Angeles Games, building on Betty s pioneering role as the first female Olympic champion in the sport These athletes became visible and accepted, as stars like Babe Didrikson and Stella Walsh showed the world what women could do And miraculously through grit and countless hours of training, Betty earned her way onto the 1936 Olympic team, again locking her sights on gold as she and her American teammates went up against the German favorites in Hitler s Berlin.Told in vivid detail with novelistic flair, Fire on the Track is an unforgettable portrait of these trailblazers in action.

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    1. Style: 4/5Writing:5/5Originality: 4/5Firstly, a huge thank you to Blogging for Books and Edelweiss for my free eBook review copy of this book!This is a true story of the women who defied all odds in pursuit of Olympic Gold. We learn about the story of Betty Robinson. When she took the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was taking part in her fourth ever track meet that she organised. She became a star very soon, but her life almost and very nearly ended after a tragic [...]

    2. I was fortunate enough to win Fire on the Track in a giveaway because the world is a crazy place like that!With the discussion surrounding gender equality more at the forefront than ever before and the Olympics currently happening, this book felt like a particularly poignant study.In Fire on the Track, Roseanne Montillo provides readers with a fascinating yet relatively brief look into the lives of several women who made history by competing in track and field at the Olympics, changing the cour [...]

    3. Is it just me or have there really been a number of interesting nonfiction books about women in history--in sports, in war, in espionage/codebreaking. And likely in other fields I've simply missed. This is another good one about women athletes I've mostly never heard of (except for Babe Didrikson, whom I first encountered in the Tracy/Hepburn movie "Pat and Mike"). Betty Robinson won the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded at the 1928 games for the 100 meter dash. Then she nearly died in a sma [...]

    4. I would have liked for it to be solely focused on the trials and tribulations of the female Olympians, but the book also detours to namedrop other better-known—male—figures of the time.

    5. When you watch the Olympic games there are always those few events that you really enjoy watching. I've always admired runners, the sprinting events are just incredible to watch, and I've always wanted to know more about the sport as a whole, which is why I was so excited that I found Fire on the Track by Roseanne Montillo.When I first started this book I thought it was going to focus mostly on Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal, but Ms. Montillo went above [...]

    6. It's fascinating to me the way our world has evolved in it's views towards women. This book highlights the particular and real challenges of women athletes and Olympians in track and field. I particularly enjoyed learning about Betty Robinson's life, an American icon I now admire. There was some adult content 4/5 of the way into the novel which I felt detracted from the major themes of the book. I also felt the author wrote about the past with a paradigm of today's dilemmas. The book may have be [...]

    7. Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. This was an interesting tale of several special and talented women in the 1930's who went on to become the first women to compete in women's track and field in the Olympics. Full of fascinating facts about each of these women and their journey this is definitely worth a read even if you are not a sports fan which I am not. These women were trailblazers who fought hard to get and keep their chance to participate in the Olympics.Betty Robinson i [...]

    8. This is a quick engaging read--Montillo excels at developing a narrative that is both detailed and action-oriented. She does a good job of contextualizing the climate, and the comments she pulls are illustrative of the discrimination and beliefs women athletes faced then--echoes of which are heard now.

    9. I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of running and a lot of history, both of which are interesting topics for me. If you wanted a book that was *only* about running, I don't know if you would like this quite as much because she does go into the historical accounts of that time period and the biographical lives of the runners and their families. There are a lot of different people to keep track of (no pun intended!), but it didn't bother me .There were a lot of section and paragraph breaks, [...]

    10. It’s early 1928. Sixteen year-old, Betty Robinson is sprinting for a bus at the end of the school day. On the bus is the high school track coach, who is impressed with Robinson’s speed. He talks her into running time trials after school the next day, and is astounded when she comes close to breaking an indoor track record. Robinson agrees to join the track team as its only female member. Four months later, she qualifies for the Antwerp Olympics, and wins the 100 meter dash, becoming the firs [...]

    11. This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.What a powerful and educational read this is.I mean, going into the book I knew absolutely nothing about the history of track in the Olympics, or how difficult it was for women to join in the games. I could have guessed that latter part, I suppose, but it had never really occurred to me before–I never really cared about sports enough to look into those first Olympian women.And they were an extraordinarily talented bunch, there's no denyi [...]

    12. Despite the very title of this book holding Betty Robinson’s name, there are several other prevalent female track athletes mentioned within. These names included: Polish-American Stella Walsh, Texan Babe Didrikson, the first African-American female to compete in the Olympics, Tidye Pickett, and young Helen Stephens. Without giving away too much, appearances of these women and the muscles they possessed caused extreme out roar in the media and public. Remember, this was a time that believed wom [...]

    13. Fire on the track by Roseanne Montillo is a biographical account of the first women track and field Olympians. It was an inspiring account starting with the story of Betty Robinson and how she was discovered. It told of the groundbreaking entrance of females into a male competition and what the females had to deal with. It gave intimate details of the life of these women and how they had to push themselves to become better and faster than there competition. It told of their many secrets they h [...]

    14. 3.5 starsI am all about the non-fiction and hope to read some interesting topics this year. First up is Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women. This book details the history of the early USA women track in the 20s and 30s at a time when women’ participation in the sport was controversial. It primarily focuses on Betsy Robinson, who was the first women ever to win a gold medal in an Olympic track event, but also introduces us to Stella Walsh, Babe Didrikson [...]

    15. That was some fierce listening. At times it was almost two much information--I wondered if she was making up the details. But Betty Robinson--or was that Helen Stephens?--kept a journal. I don't know about Stella Walsh; Babe Didrickson doesn't seem like the sort of person who would.Still, everyone involved were celebrities of some sort. I'm sure the author manufactured no more than she needed to, to make it all seem so very real that you were there, right there. Watching, waiting, worryingmetime [...]

    16. "Physically, she could never be her old self, but she did not mind that, for mentally she did not feel like her old self, either."I received a copy of this book from bloggingforbooks in exchange for an honest review. This was around 3.5 stars for me.Despite reading as a fairly passive book the story picks up and it is an informative read. Following Betty Robinson and other runners like Helen Stephens this book talks about some of the first women runners in the Olympics and women who ran at the O [...]

    17. Fire on the Track by Roseanne Montillo is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January.Montillo offers bright, motivated, clear-thinking narration on female Olympic athletes (particularly Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens, Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson, and Stella Walsh), the 'regular' Olympic games (1928 Amsterdam, 1932 Los Angeles, and 1936 Germany), the women's Olympics (1921 Monaco and 1926 Gothenburg, Sweden), and all the experiences & happenings in between, like the too-soft running trac [...]

    18. Roseanne Montillo has written a book near and dear to my family's heart--women in athletics, specifically running. Fire on the Track details the story of Betty Robinson breaking into the world of competitive running. Betty's races were sprints and she happened to get a high school coach who knew how to bring the best out of her. He looked for talent and then worked to bring the talent out to its best possible presentation. Roseanne doesn't just talk about Betty, but also Babe Didrickson, Helen F [...]

    19. Betty Robinson and Helen Stephens are unknown to most sports fans, but they were trailblazers in women's track. Robinson was the first women to earn a gold medal in the Olympics when she won the 100 meter race in 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, the first Olympics women could compete in. I wanted to love this book, as Robinson was from Chicago, so I knew some of the landmarks as I was reading the book, but I found that it was very factual and not as much of a feel good story as I was hoping to get lo [...]

    20. I received a free copy of this book through Giveaways. Thank you!Fire on the Track tells the story of three Olympics and the women that competed in them. It begins with the first Olympic games where women were allowed to run track and ends with the Nazi games before the start of WWII. There are many athletes to track in this book and I hadn't heard of any of them. It was fascinating to read about the women in the context of their time. It was clear that these women were breaking stereotypes, bu [...]

    21. I enjoyed this book, but it left me wanting more! It was such an interesting topic, but I wish that the author would have gone even more in depth. For example, I didn't get a sense of exactly how Betty Robinson rebounded after her plane crash. It was as if she went from losing races to qualifying for the Berlin Olympics. I also would have liked more information about what happened to the women after the 1936 Olympics, in their lives, and how their actions affected later women athletes. There wer [...]

    22. Fictionalized retelling of the first American women of the Olympic track and field games. Enjoyable page turner of the lives and varied background of these first women in the games, not just about Betty Robinson in the title, and the difficulties they faced with the ridiculous prejudice against the 'harm' that would come to women for physicality and competitiveness of sports. Only complaint and my copy was an ARC but there were no pictures, so many descriptions of pictures and curious that none [...]

    23. Fire on the Track is an interesting book about women and their inclusion in the Olympic Games. The book focuses on Betty Robinson, her triumphs and challenges, as well as a number of other prominent female track athletes. The name of one of the women, Babe Didrikson, was familiar to me because I had read about her basketball feats in another book, Dust Bowl Girls. Fire on the Track, which is set in the early to mid-1900's, brought up concerns of the time about how running could turn a woman into [...]

    24. I was intrigued with this book’s title. I have heard of Betty Robinson, along with such other female athletes as Babe Didrikson and Stella Walsh, but I must admit that I don’t know much about them.The story gets off to a compelling start with the 1931 plane crash that almost takes Betty’s life. Then the story reverts to her adventures at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. This is not just a biography of Betty, but weaves in other female athletes of the time. It was interesting reading, but th [...]

    25. OK, first the good news. Betty Robinson's story is interesting and inspiring. I had never heard of her and if the author had fashioned her story into an article for Sports Illustrated or ESPN magazine then that would have been great. Instead we get a really badly written 248 page book. Maybe this would work for junior high age girls but the prose was insipid and the stories seemed poorly researched.

    26. Some of my favorite books to read are non-fiction books about events that I am not up to speed on. Fire on the Track by Roseanne Montillo is one of them! It centers on women running track in the late 2's, early 30s. Most people did not even think women should be running at all! Three women are the main focus: Betty Robinson, Babe Dickerson and Stella Walsh. I enjoyed this whole book, especially the part that is about the Olympic games in Germany with Hitler watching! (Gerard's review)

    27. I read a review of this book in the Christian Science Monitor and was pleased that our library already had a copy. This was a compelling book, easy to read, exciting, and so interesting. The author did a lot of research. This book reminded me of the Boys in the Boat in that, despite knowing how it ends, the author still makes it an exciting read. We have much to be grateful for to these early runners.

    28. I really enjoyed this book! It’s non fiction but reads like a novel.Loved hearing about the first women athletes to participate in the Olympics in track and field. Betty Robinson’s story alone is fascinating and inspiring but the author also added politics of the “Hitler Games”, added stories of other famous and first women Olympic runners, and focused on the overall sexism the women experienced even after competing.

    29. Excellent book on the early movement of women in the Olympics. It is amazing the hardships and trails they endured. The story of Betty Robinson in the track area is amazing. They had such little equipment or training yet had such outstanding performance. I enjoyed this book very much and it is so inspirational. I highly recommend this book. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.

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