The Matchless Six: The Story of Canada's First Women's Olympic Team

Overview

It is July 1928, and Canada’s first women’s Olympic team — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the site of the ninth Olympiad of the modern era. Canada’s finest female track-and-field athletes, having survived rigorous training and the grueling selection process at the Olympic Trials, were determined to take their big talent and big dreams to the top. Meet Jane Bell, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, and Ethel Smith, the “Flying Four” who comprised Canada’s first relay team; Ethel Catherwood, the ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $10.05   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
The Matchless Six: The Story of Canada's First Women's Olympic Team

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.99
BN.com price
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.

Overview

It is July 1928, and Canada’s first women’s Olympic team — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the site of the ninth Olympiad of the modern era. Canada’s finest female track-and-field athletes, having survived rigorous training and the grueling selection process at the Olympic Trials, were determined to take their big talent and big dreams to the top. Meet Jane Bell, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, and Ethel Smith, the “Flying Four” who comprised Canada’s first relay team; Ethel Catherwood, the “Saskatoon Lily,” who became the champion high-jumper and the most photographed female athlete at the Olympic Games; and Jean Thompson, the youngest member of the team at seventeen, who became one of the world’s most outstanding middle-distance runners. It was an impressive achievement:

“A team of six from Canada, a country of less than ten million, competed against 121 athletes from 21 countries, whose total population was 300 million.” Impressive indeed.

For many years, historian Ron Hotchkiss has been fascinated by “The Matchless Six,” the conquering heroines who took Amsterdam by storm. His extensive research has led to this riveting account, full of black-and-white archival photographs, of the events leading up to and following that fateful summer in the history of Canadian sport.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Ron Hotchkiss makes readers know and care about the women, while vintage black-and-white photos vividly carry the visual aspect of the story.”
Quill and Quire

"There's a splendid sense of adventure to The Matchless Six, an invigorating account of the first Canadian women to compete at the summer Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928... Author Ron Hotchkiss... presents a compelling, inspirational portrait of these young women and their athletic quest, from early training through six weeks overseas to their triumphant homecoming. He's done them proud."
The Hamilton Spectator

"Hotchkiss does a very good job at contextualizing this particular Olympiad in terms of world events and Canadian cultural and social norms. Most of all, though, he provides a suspenseful account of the heartbreaks as well as the triumphs of the Matchless Six's Olympic experience, and vivid portraits of the individual women..."
The Globe and Mail

Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
Canadian sports fans, Olympic historians, runners, and readers wanting to be inspired by women athletes will enjoy this historical review of Canada's first women's Olympic team. The book begins with an interesting discussion of how the Olympics finally came to accept female athletes after being such a male dominated sporting and viewing contest for so long. The well-researched book contains many quotes and numerous black-and-white photographs of the six young women as they climbed the ranks to become part of that first Olympic team to go to the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928. Next, the book carries the reader to the Olympics and details the successes, challenges, and heartbreaks that the team went through. The team's overall success was celebrated by reporters around the world. It was announced that these six women were able to win the world's championship in track and field against much bigger track and field squads and therefore earned their nickname the "Matchless Six."
VOYA - Elisabeth Hegerat
At the Olympic Games in classical Greece, any woman caught competing risked death. Women were permitted to attend and watch the events of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, but they were asked to leave their parasols at home to avoid blocking the view of other spectators. Women were not allowed to compete, however, as organizers felt that their place was in the home, and such "female amazons" who were interested in athletics would never find a husband. In the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, female athletes were permitted to compete in five events-100 meters, 800 meters, 4 x 100 meters relay, running high jump, and the discus throw. Canada sent six women: Jane Bell, Ethel Catherwood, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, Ethel Smith, and Jean Thompson. This book chronicles how the team was formed, the girls' training, their journey to Amsterdam, and details their competitions day-by-day. The last few chapters discuss their homecoming, and Hotchkiss goes on to give a brief biography of the rest of their lives. The extensive coverage of each event should satisfy the more statistically oriented sports fan, and the hard data is leavened with a significant amount of anecdotes, photos, and personal information for the more story-minded reader. This fascinating look at a remarkable group of women will appeal to teens with an interest in biography and women's sports. It is strongly recommended for Canadian public and school libraries and is a good choice for supplemental material on the Olympics and female athletes for American libraries.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Hotchkiss provides detailed information on the six Canadian athletes who won the track-and-field event in 1928, the first Olympics that included women. The personalities and accomplishments of Jane Bell, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, Ethel Smith, Ethel Catherwood, and Jean Thompson are highlighted with biographical information, including how they were chosen, how they trained, the effects of the journey to Amsterdam, and the joys and challenges they faced. The experiences of the "Matchless Six" that led to the competition, along with details about their growth as a team, show how remarkable their accomplishments were. Average- to poor-quality black-and-white photographs of the women, and of the men who both assisted and hindered their progress, dot the book. Accuracy is supported by quotes from newspapers, sports writers, coaches, and managers. The immense emotion of the team watching the Canadian flag and hearing "The Maple Leaf Forever" is felt through the clear style of writing. Anyone interested in the history of the Olympics, the history of women in the Games, or of track and field will find the book worth reading.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767388
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 10 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Hotchkiss is a retired high-school history teacher, with a passion for research, and a particular interest in 20th century Canadian history. His involvement with the “Matchless Six” began while researching an article on Ethel Catherwood for The Beaver: Canada’s History Magazine. That early research spawned many other articles and interviews, and two documentaries. Ron Hotchkiss has published numerous articles about Canadian History, and does regular presentations to school groups and historical associations. This is his first book.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Author's Note     vi
The Canadian Women's Olympic Trials: Halifax, July 2, 1928     1
The Olympic Games - Reserved for Men     14
Sport Was Their Life     26
Becoming the Best     44
"A Nice but Foreign Land"     67
A Good Beginning     89
Day of Heartbreak     102
Remarkable Sportsmanship     117
The "Matchless Six"     130
Dr. Lamb's Bombshell     151
A Homecoming like No Other     159
Changed Lives     173
Acknowledgments     188
Index     191
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)