Betty Cuthbert Biography
(Australian Athlete and a Four-Time Olympic Champion)
Birthday: April 20, 1938 (Taurus)
Born In: Ermington, Australia
Betty Cuthbert was a famous Australian athlete and Olympian. Winner of four Olympic gold medals, she is fondly remembered as the “Golden Girl”. A runner since childhood, it came as no surprise that she would aim for the Olympics one day. Encouraged by her mother, and trained by sprinter June Ferguson, she went on to set world records for the 60 meters, 100 yards, 200 meters, 220 yards, and 440 yards. She won the gold medal in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4X100 meters relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and at the 400 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, making her the sole Olympian to have won a gold at all running events. The Olympics were not her only calling and she participated in many national competitions, namely the Empire and Commonwealth Games that added to her medal tally. Unfortunately, she became afflicted with multiple sclerosis in 1969 that rendered her formerly powerful legs useless. Bound to a wheelchair, she still exuded the same spirit that she had in her prime and campaigned for those suffering from multiple sclerosis until her death in 2017.