GUNHILD LARKING / by Molly Schiot

A five time national gold medallist in high jump, Larking competed in two Olympics. Her best finish came at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where she placed fourth and set a new Swedish record in the discipline. Unbeknownst to her, Larking was pregnant during the competition. Following the Olympics and only 20 years old, Larking retired from the sport. 

A five time national gold medallist in high jump, Larking competed in two Olympics. Her best finish came at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where she placed fourth and set a new Swedish record in the discipline. Unbeknownst to her, Larking was pregnant during the competition. Following the Olympics and only 20 years old, Larking retired from the sport.