Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics


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Lucile “Ludy” Godbold was six feet tall and skinnier than a Carolina pine and an exceptional athlete. In her final year on the track team at Winthrop College in South Carolina, Ludy tried the shot put and she made that iron ball sail with her long, skinny arms. But when Ludy qualified for the first Women's Olympics in 1922, Ludy had no money to go.

Thanks to the help of her college and classmates, Ludy traveled to Paris and won the gold medal with more than a foot to spare. Hooray for Ludy!
Based on a true story about a little-known athlete and a unique event in women's sports history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580895460
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 827,730
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Jean L. S. Patrick is the author of several books for children, including The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (Carolrhoda Books). Jean has also written a weekly children's book column for the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota, since 1989.

Adam Gustavson has illustrated several picture books, including the award-winning Good Luck, Mrs. K! (Margaret K. McElderry) and Dirty Rats. Adam lives in West Orange, New Jersey.

Read an Excerpt

No one really knows how Ludy’s arms got so long. Maybe too much tug-o’-warring with the dogs . . . Maybe too much hauling water to the hogs . . . Or maybe too much swingin’ from the tree branches with all six of her sisters and brothers hangin’ on.
Come to think of it, maybe that’s what made Ludy’s arms so strong.
Ludy: “Look out below!”

When Ludy set off for Winthrop College in 1917, she was six feet tall and skinnier than a Carolina pine. In fact, if she turned sideways, you’d think she had disappeared.
But you could always spot Ludy on the athletic field.
In every sport, Ludy used her long arms to encourage her teammates.
 Ludy: “You can do it!”

During her final year on the track team, Ludy decided to try the shot put.
“Give it a ride,” urged Coach Bartlett.
Ludy scooped up the heavy, iron ball and placed it between her fingers. She bent her knees, pushed her long arm upward, and released! The ball soared across the sky.
“Thunderin’ cannonballs!” whispered Ludy.
Her heart boomed. Her long arm tingled. She loved the explosion of power.
So Ludy trained to become a shot-putter. Every muscle needed to be strong.
She lifted dumbbells ’til her arms turned to noodles. She ran ’til her toes cried for mercy. And she did so many leg squats that her feet disappeared in the dust.
She wanted to become a champion.

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