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Press Sisters Gender Controversy Tamara and Irina Press, two sisters from the old Soviet Union, were dominant in women's athletics during the early 1960s. Tamara (pictured here) was virtually unbeatable in shot put. Irina was an excellent pentathlete and a world-record holder in the 80-metre hurdles. The trouble was they didn't look too feminine. Speculation about the sisters' true gender was always present. Some western sports journalists began secretly referring to the Press sisters as the 'Press brothers.' When the governing body of European athletics began instituting gender testing in 1966, instead of complying, the Press sisters vanished from international competition--never to return. Soviet newspapers reported that they had retired from sports to tend to their ailing mother. When Irina died in 2004, several months went by before her death was officially announced.
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Added: 23rd August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Classico on 2008-08-23 
not a pretty picture

http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/3424359.jpg?v=1c=ViewImagesk=2d=D278A15CF533E62C8E616B8885186688A55A1E4F32AD3138
Posted by: eric1957 on 2008-08-24 
I just had that image of that Wendy's commercial about the Soviet fashion show.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-24 
Oh yes, Classico, I remember that one! 'Evening wear' was a hefty woman carrying a flashlight!

Gee, why would the lovely Tamara Press remind you of that?
Posted by: Classico on 2008-08-24 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CaMUfxVJVQ

Yuck!
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