BETTY ROBINSON / by Molly Schiot

Winner of the first women's 100m Olympic dash in 1928. Presumed dead after a 1931 plane crash, Robinson was taken in the trunk of a car to a morgue before it was discovered she was still alive. After spending seven months in a coma, Robinson awoke and spent two years training before she was able to walk again. No longer able to kneel to compete in the 100m, Robinson participated as a member of the U.S. women's relay team at the 1936 Olympics, where they won gold. 

Winner of the first women's 100m Olympic dash in 1928. Presumed dead after a 1931 plane crash, Robinson was taken in the trunk of a car to a morgue before it was discovered she was still alive. After spending seven months in a coma, Robinson awoke and spent two years training before she was able to walk again. No longer able to kneel to compete in the 100m, Robinson participated as a member of the U.S. women's relay team at the 1936 Olympics, where they won gold.