'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.



Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


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:

(Report Comment)
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

Lots of other famous Missouri folk there too.

(Report Comment)

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.