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Myrtle Cook

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMyrtle Alice•Cook (-McGowan)
Used nameMyrtle•Cook
Born5 January 1902 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
Died18 March 1985 in Elora, Ontario (CAN)
Measurements168 cm / 55 kg
AffiliationsParkdale Ladies' AC, Toronto (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada


Myrtle Cook was a shy, quiet child who began playing virtually every sport she could from an early age. At Riverdale High School she won the Toronto Interscholastic 100 yards championship. She would eventually win six Canadian Championships in the 60 yards and 100 yards between 1927 and 1930, and set several Canadian records over 60 yards and 100 metres. In April 1929 Cook moved to Montréal and began a pioneering career as a sports columnist for the Montréal Daily Star, and she wrote for that paper for 44 years. She later organized the Montréal Major Ladies’ Softball League, the Montréal Major Ladies’ Hockey League, and formed a branch of the Canadian Ladies’ Athletic Club and became its athletic director. During World War II she was the track coach for the Canadian Armed Services in the Montréal area. She was eventually elected into the Canadian Sports, Canadian Olympic, Québec Sports, and Montréal Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Best: 100 – 12.0 (1928).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Women Olympic AC Representing Canada    
  4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Olympic Canada 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1928 Summer Olympics 4 August 1928 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Round One, Heat One 49.3 WR 1
1928 Summer Olympics 5 August 1928 Athletics 4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Final 48.4 WR 1