Si­mone Schaller, Olympic hur­dler in ‘32 and ‘36, dies at 104

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Si­mone Schaller, an Amer­i­can hur­dler who com­peted at the 1932 and 1936 Sum­mer Games and was be­lieved to be the old­est liv­ing Olympian, has died. She was 104. Grand­son Jef­frey Hardy said Satur­day that Schaller died of nat­u­ral causes Thurs­day in the home she and her hus­band built when they mar­ried in the 1930s. Schaller tied Babe Didrik­son Za­harias for the world record in the first round of the 80-meter hur­dles at the 1932 Los An­ge­les Games. Schaller fin­ished fourth in the fi­nal be­hind Didrik­son, who set another record. Ac­cord­ing to Olympic his­to­rian David Wal­lechin­sky, Schaller had taken up hur­dling only three months ear­lier. At the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Schaller made it to the semi­fi­nals. She won the hur­dles at the 1933 U.S. cham­pi­onships. She was also an avid tennis player.

Schaller had three chil­dren, seven grand­chil­dren, a dozen great-grand­chil­dren and nu­mer­ous great-great-grand­chil­dren.

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