NYC honors athlete kicked off team by Nazis

In a 2008 photo provided by Gary Lambert, Margaret Lambert stands outside her home in New York. Lambert, then known as Gretel Bergmann, matched a German high jump record on June 30, 1936. Two weeks later, the record was all but obliterated and Lambert, who was Jewish, was kicked off them team. Now comes news that Germany's track and field association restored the mark, calling the decision an "act of justice and a symbolic gesture" while acknowledging it "can in no way make up" for the past. It also requested that she be included in Germany's sports hall of fame. ((AP Photo/Gary Lambert))

May 18, 2010 7:30:08 AM PDT
At 96, Margaret Lambert is long past her high jump days. But she will be at a high school athletic field in Queens on Tuesday for a ceremony in her honor.

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.


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