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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 22, 1912, Image 1

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THE DAY BOOK
yol. 1, No. 127 rCfticagor Thursday, Feb. 22, 1912 One Cent
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TO PROVE ATHLETIC EQUALITY, GIRL SWIMMER
CHALLENGESMASCULINE EXPERTS TO RACE .
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Miss Elba Whittaker.
Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 22.
Miss Elba Whittaker, champion
woman swimmer of the middle
west,, doesn't think that the
action of the American Olympic
committee, in barring .women
swimmers, is just.
"Sweden has placed events for
women swimmers and divers on
the Olympic program and Euro
pean countries will enter com
petitors. Why doesn't the United
States, most progressive in every
thing else, recognize" us?" the
young woman speeder asks, not
without reason.
"I'll swim any man in th
United States outside of Cham
pion Daniels and a few of the
stars in his class, any distance
from 50 yards to half a mile, on
even terms. I don't want a han
dicap or sympathy.
I believe I can outswim any of
the men save a few at the top of
the list, and am prepared to sup
port my belief," she continued
warmly. "All I ask is ah open
water course at leasl 100 yards
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