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Helen Wills

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameHelen Newington•Wills (-Moody, -Roark)
Used nameHelen•Wills
Nick/petnamesLittle Miss Poker Face
Born6 October 1905 in Centerville, Fremont, California (USA)
Died1 January 1998 in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (USA)
AffiliationsBerkeley Tennis Club/University of California, Berkeley
NOC United States

Biography

Rated by many authorities as the greatest woman player of her era, Helen Wills Moody won a total of 31 titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. and French championships. She came east from California while still a pigtailed teenager to win her first major title in 1922. She would eventually win eight Wimbledon and seven U.S. singles titles, with her last being the Wimbledon championship in 1938. This impressive total of victories was accomplished despite the fact that she did not play in the U.S. championships after 1933 because of an estrangement with the authorities.

Helen Wills won the Olympic singles in 1924 without the loss of a set and added a second gold medal by taking the doubles with her coach, Hazel Wightman, who was almost 20 years her senior. Helen Wills was educated at the University of California (Berkeley). She also competed in the 1932 Olympic Arts Competition as a painter, but also wrote poems and illustrated books.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Tennis USA Helen Wills
Singles, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Doubles, Women (Olympic) Hazel Wightman 1 Gold
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Helen Wills
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC