Wilhelmina von Bremen

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Olympic medal record
Women’s athletics
Competitor for the  United States
Gold 1932 Los Angeles 4x100 m relay
Bronze 1932 Los Angeles 100 meters

Wilhelmina von Bremen (August 13, 1909 - July 16, 1976) was an American athlete who competed mainly in the 100 meters.

She competed for the United States in the 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, USA in the 100 meters where she finished third, she then joined with teammates to win the gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters.


Wilhelmina (Billie) von Bremen was born in 1909 in San Francisco. She graduated from Western Women’s College in Ohio and ran for the Western Women's Club in her home city. She came second in the AAU meet in 1932 to Ethel Harrington. However Harrington was not meant to run and therefore von Bremen was declared the winner.[1]

In the first heat Marie Dollinger broke the 100 metres Olympic record with a time of 12.2 seconds.[2] This time was immediately improved by Stanisława Walasiewicz, who also set a world record.[3] However it was von Bremen who took the Bronze.[1]

Von Bremen then joined with teammates Mary Carew, Evelyn Furtsch and Annette Rogers to win the gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters in a world record time.


  1. ^ a b Bille von Bremen, Sports Reference.com, retrieved 4 February 2014
  2. ^ Mallon, Bill (2012). TRACK & FIELD ATHLETICS - OLYMPIC RECORD PROGRESSIONS. Track and Field News. Retrieved on 2014-02-04.
  3. ^ Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Round One. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2014-02-04.