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Athletic medal

Athletic medal
Athletic medal
Title
Athletic medal
Date 
1948
Medium 
Bronze-colored metal, ribbon
Dimensions 
Medal: 1 5/8 in. ( 4.1 cm ) Overall: 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. ( 9.2 x 4.1 cm )
Description 
Athletic gold medal with circular medal suspended from red, white and blue striped ribbon with pin back; image of a woman with a flowing tunic laurels in both hands, above a wheel, on obverse, ring of garland and sports equipment on reverse; inscribed "CHAMPIONSHIP" on pin; engraved "AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION OF THE UNITED STATES MDCCLXXXVIII" on obverse; engraved "50 MTR. RUN '48 4 TH" on reverse
Credit Line 
Gift of Dolores Dwyer Duffy, Olympian
Object Number 
2003.67.10
Marks 
small white tag: hand written "NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEDAL" on obverse "SAMPLE" on reverse
Gallery Label 
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group