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Object Name: Athletic medal
Date: 1950
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Medium: Bronze-colored metal, ribbon
Dimensions: Overall: 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. ( 9.2 x 4.1 cm ) Part (Medal): 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Athletic silver medal with circular medal suspended from red, white and blue striped ribbon with pin back; image of a women with a flowing tunic and laurels in both hands standing above a wheel on obverse, ring of garland and sports equipment on reverse; inscribed "HOPPER FIELD, FREEPORT, TEXAS 1950" on pin; engraved "AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION OF THE UNITED STATES MDCCLXXXVIII" on obverse; engraved "broad jump 1950" on reverse
Credit Line: Gift of Dolores Dwyer Duffy, Olympian
Object Number: 2003.67.4
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This medal is one of many won by track athlete Dolores Dwyer (b. 1932) of New York City. Ms. Dwyer began her running career in 1946 when she entered a children's track meet in Central Park sponsored by the Parks Department. She trained with the German-American Athletic Club in Brooklyn from 1947 to 1953 and competed in many national championships, setting several records. She represented the U.S. in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.