Alma Richards: Olympian by Larry R. Gerlach

By Larry R. Gerlach

Alma Richards, as an unsung highschool scholar, strangely set an Olympic checklist for the excessive leap within the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. He used to be the one local Utahn and member of the LDS church to win an Olympic gold medal within the 20th century. After a stellar collegiate music occupation that observed him lead Cornell to 3 nationwide championships, Richards for 2 a long time reigned as America’s such a lot complete multiple-event song and box athlete, successful nationwide titles in 5 diverse occasions. regardless of his prominence within the historical past of yankee activities, this can be the 1st remedy of his athletic profession and private life.

The booklet lines Richards from his boyhood in rural Parowan, Utah, to Cornell and during his provider as an officer in global battle I and his educating profession in la. His tale is that of a outstanding athlete, but in addition that of a guy suffering for private achievement whereas endeavoring to hold his Mormon history amid his altering spiritual situations and participation. greater than a century has handed due to the fact Alma Richards received an Olympic gold medal, but this tale approximately guy and sport—the force to excel, victory as validation of labor, the hunt for public popularity and, eventually, the success of self-identity and self-satisfaction—still resonates today.

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