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Stella Walsh, Olympic Female Sprint Champion

Stella Walasiewicz, later known as Stella Walsh, won the women’s 100-meter dash at the 1932 Olympics for Poland. Four years later, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics she took silver, beaten by the American, Helen Stephens. Stephens also set new world records for the 200m and the standing broad jump, and won the shot put.

Stella didn’t like Helen, and couldn’t believe that she was beaten by another woman, so she insisted that Helen Stephens be examined by Olympic doctors. Stella Walsh felt that she was so fast that only a man could beat her. The German doctors checked Stephens and declared that, indeed, Stella Walsh had been beaten by a woman.

Olympic historian David Wallechinsky quotes Stephens: “Hitler comes in and gives me the Nazi salute. I gave him a good, old-fashioned Missouri handshake. He gets hold of my fanny and begins to squeeze and pinch, and hug me up. He said: You are a true Aryan type. You should be running for Germany. So after he gave me the once over and a full massage, he asked me if I would like to spend the weekend in Berchtesgaden.” She refused.

For the next 44 years, Stella Walsh claimed that the only reason she didn’t win gold in Berlin was that she had been beaten by a man.

Stella Walsh was born in Poland on April 3, 1911 as Stanislawa Walasiewicz, registered as a female on her birth certificate, and taken to the US by her parents when she was three months old. Her family settled in Cleveland and she started school there as Stella Walsh.

In 1930 Walsh ran 100 yards (91.44m) in 10.8 seconds, the first woman to run the distance in under 11 seconds. She won her first United States national championship in 1930 and the last one 24 years later, setting 20 world records and wining 41 United States national titles in events from the sprints to the long jump and discus throw. Stella Walsh became an American idol as one of America’s greatest female athletes. She was inducted into the American Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Stella Walsh was married for a short time to an American boxer, Neil Olsen. She became an American citizen in 1947. She lived a very private life. Before a competition, she usually arrived in running clothes, never changed in a dressing room, and left when the race was over.

In 1980, Stella Walsh, at age 69, was shot and killed in a Cleveland parking lot. She happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was returning to her car when a robber shot her while fleeing from police.

The customary autopsy of a murder victim revealed that Stella Walsh was a mosaic, which means that she was both male and female. She had a small penis and testicles. She had male pattern XY chromosomes, but she also had an XX female chromosome.

Helen Stephens died peacefully, and female, in 1994. However, she was a closet lesbian, so testosterone could have made her a better athlete.

Giving testosterone to a female will make her stronger, faster, and give her greater endurance. Athletes train by stressing and recovering. They take a hard workout, damage their muscles, and feel sore on the next day. Then they take easier workouts until the soreness goes away. Testosterone helps athletes to recover faster, so they can take harder workouts every day and become much better athletes.

LESBIANS HAVE MORE TESTOSTERONE. While being a lesbian cannot be explained just by increased levels of the male hormone, testosterone, there is extensive evidence that many lesbians have much higher testosterone levels than heterosexual women. Lesbians are more than twice as likely as heterosexual women to have high testosterone.

Lesbian women are exposed to much higher levels of testosterone when they are still in the uterus early in their development. The length of the fourth finger is determined by exposure to testosterone early in pregnancy. The higher the testosterone level, the longer the 4th finger of each hand. Lesbians have longer fourth fingers (1. Nature. March 2000;404 (6777): 455-6. 2) Behav Neurosci. 2010;124 (2): 278-287. 3) Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The U S A. 2011;108 (39): 16289-16294).

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), characterized by having cysts on the ovaries, causes women to have very high levels of testosterone. Eighty percent of lesbian women have polycystic ovaries, compared to only 32 percent in heterosexual women, and lesbian women have higher rates of PCOS as well, with 38 percent having the syndrome compared to 14 percent of heterosexual women (J Fertil Steril, 2004;82(5):1352-1357).

In the 1950′s and 1060′s, both male and female athletes began taking testosterone to give them an advantage in sports.

October 28th, 2012
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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