Lambert's name was Gretel Bergmann when she matched a German high jump record in 1936. The record was expunged and Lambert was kicked off the German Olympic team because she was Jewish.
Lambert emigrated to the United States and never did get to compete in the Olympics.
But Germany's track and field association restored her record last November.
Now, New York City is naming a field at Francis Lewis High School after her.
Lambert said Monday she is honored but "a little bit embarrassed" by the attention.