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100 days of Kansas City-area Olympians: Elizabeth Wilde, track and field

Stella Walsh, Stanislawa Walasiewicz
Posted at 8:00 AM, May 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-09 09:00:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1913, Elizabeth Wilde was 18 years old when she finished sixth in the women’s 100-meter dash at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

Wilde made the final and finished in 12.3 seconds.

She was eligible for the 400-meter relay, which won the gold in world-record time, but was not chosen to run on the four-women relay team.

Wilde, whose married name was Elizabeth Kinnard, returned to Kansas City as a teacher at Notre Dame de Sion after her Olympic career.

She finished third at the national AAU meet in 1932, which doubled as the Olympics qualifier, and again in 1939 in the 100.

Wilde finished second at the national AAU meet in 1933 in the 200 meters.

The Kansas City region has a deep, rich history with respect to the Olympic Games. As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games approach with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for July 23, we will profile an athlete with ties to Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas each day.

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