Betty Cuthbert—the Olympic champion Australians have fondly tagged “Golden Girl”— has always loved to run fast!
She was born (along with twin sister) in 1938 at Merrylands, Sydney, no more than 10 kilometers from the site of the 2000 Olympic Games.
As a child, she would win all her school races, even beating the boys—and her teacher encouraged her to join an athletics club.
From 13 on, she was winning New South Wales state championships, yet without the fuss and hype that would accompany such success today. In fact, a hallmark of Cuthbert’s career has been her loathing of publicity...