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Hilda Strike
Hilda Strike
Personal information
Full nameHilda Gwendolyn Strike
Born(1910-09-01)September 1, 1910
Montreal, Quebec
DiedMarch 9, 1989(1989-03-09) (aged 78)
Ottawa, Ontario
Event(s)Track and field
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1932 Summer Olympics

Hilda Gwendolyn Strike (later Sisson, September 1, 1910 – March 9, 1989) was a Canadian track athlete and Olympic medalist. She was born in Montreal and died in Ottawa.

Competing in the 1932 Summer Olympics, she won a silver medal in the 4×100 metre relay and a silver medal in the 100 metre losing to Stanis?awa Walasiewicz. In 1972, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

When Walasiewicz was shot to death in 1980 during a store robbery, it was discovered that Walasiewicz was a hermaphrodite. Many subsequently argued that the gold medal should be given to Strike.

At the 1934 Empire Games she won the silver medal in the 100 yards event. She also was a member of the Canadian relay team which won the silver medal in the 110-220-110 yards relay competition.


  • 1932 'injustice' never corrected: A Canadian Olympic sprinter lost the gold to a woman, who later turned out to be a man. David Reevely reports.; [Final Edition] David Reevely. The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ont.: Feb 17, 2002. pg. A.3
  • Sisson never demanded gold medal; The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ont.: Mar 11, 1989. pg. F.5

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