Helen Stephens ( Helen Herring Stephens, born February 3, 1918 in Fulton, Missouri, † January 17, 1994 in St. Louis, Missouri) was an American track and field athlete. She was a successful short- distance runner, but also won the shot put and discus national title.
At the age of just 18, she won the 100 - meter race before defending Stanisław Walasiewicz at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Your time of 11.5 seconds was less than the world record, but was not recognized because of strong tail wind. Stephens won five days later gold with the 4 × 100 - meter relay after the favored Germans had lost the rod.
Only a year later, Stephens stopped with the Athletics and played several years professionally baseball and softball. Also in 1936, she was honored with the Athlete of the Year Award from the Associated Press.
From 1938 to 1952 she was the owner and manager of a semi-professional basketball teams.