Jean Wilson, speed skater (b at Glasgow, Scot 19 July 1910; d at Toronto 3 Sept 1933). After winning international honours, she died of the muscular disease myasthenia gravis. Wilson started speed skating when she was 15. A strong, natural skater, by 1931 she was able to challenge the sport's reigning queen, Lela Brooks, and prior to the 1932 Winter Olympics established herself as N American champion. At the Olympics in Lake Placid, in which speed skating was a demonstration event, she won the 500 m event. Although she set a world record in the 1500 m in her preliminary heat, she was closely beaten by America's Kit Klein in the final. She fell while leading the 1000 m race. Within months of the Olympics, she entered hospital and battled her rare disease for a year before succumbing at age 23.
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- West, J. Thomas. "Jean Wilson". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 16 December 2013, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/jean-wilson. Accessed 02 December 2023.
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- West, J. (2013). Jean Wilson. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/jean-wilson
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- West, J. Thomas. "Jean Wilson." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published March 19, 2008; Last Edited December 16, 2013.
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- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Jean Wilson," by J. Thomas West, Accessed December 02, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/jean-wilson
Article by J. Thomas West
Published Online March 19, 2008
Last Edited December 16, 2013