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'Fulton Flash' nominated for commemorative stamp

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 9:56 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON — A noted two-time Olympic champion from Missouri has been nominated for a United States commemorative postage stamp. The late Helen Stephens of Fulton — known as "the Fulton Flash" — was nominated by a committee working for a stamp to honor Stephens.

According to the State Historical Society of Missouri, Stephens made her Olympic championship debut in 1936 at age 18, setting the Olympic record for the 100-meter dash at 11.5 seconds. Her record stood until the 1960 Olympics when Wilma Rudolph ran it in 11 seconds.

Stephens was also a member of a four-person 400-meter relay team that set another world record time of 46.9 seconds, giving her a total of two gold medals in the 1936 Olympics.

 

 


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John M. Nowell, III April 14, 2009 | 11:13 a.m.

I hope that the stamp becomes a reality. If you are a fan of history, and especially local history, Helen's biography is a good read:

http://www.siu.edu/~siupress/titles/s04_...

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Chris Montgomery April 15, 2009 | 11:57 a.m.

This is great! For a look at the State Historical Society of Missouri's bio on Stephens visit

http://shs.umsystem.edu/famousmissourian...

Lots of other famous Missouri folk there too.

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