I found the IAAF obituary of Elzbieta Krzesinska to be fascinating:
In 1952, she jumped far enough to win silver but Hungary protested and her mark was reduced as her ponytail had hit the sand behind her body. She came back in 1956 and equaled the WR to win gold. In 1960, she was on crutches for much of the summer, has surgery a few weeks before the Games but still competed. She won the silver even though she lost her spikes and had to wear a guy on the team's spikes!!!
The article says she lived in Eugene for a while and wrote a memoir.
the IAAF wrote:
She and her husband moved to the UK in 1981 and then to Eugene in the USA, where they stayed until 2003 before returning to Warsaw.
In 1994 she released her memoirs in a book entitled â€˜The Sweeping Plaitâ€™.
Any Eugene residents know her? Has anyone read the memoir or does anyone have a copy of it? I can't find it online. Please post your thoughts of her and her book if you have any.