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Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics

Lucile "Ludy" Godbold was six feet tall and skinnier than a Carolina pine and an exceptional athlete. In her final year on the track team at Winthrop College in South Carolina, Ludy tried the shot put and she made that iron ball sail with her long, skinny arms. But when Ludy qualified for the first Women's Olympics in 1922, Ludy had no money to go.

Thanks to the help of her college and classmates, Ludy traveled to Paris and won the gold medal with more than a foot to spare. Hooray for Ludy!

This books is based on a true story about a little-known athlete and a unique event in women's sports history.

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"Folksy, descriptive text, which includes regional colloquialisms, will entertain readers. The acrylic illustrations are energetic, and the palette and style of dress of the depicted individuals are appropriate for the time period. Godbold’s arms are often shown extended in activity, making them appear even longer....More information about the athlete and the Women’s Olympics, an author’s note, and a couple of black-and-white pictures are appended. A charming, down-home introduction to a female athlete, and a great addition to any public or school library." -- School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jean L. S. Patrick
Illustrator Adam Gustavson
ISBN 1580895468
Publication Date Aug 8, 2017
Publisher Charlesbridge
Language English