205. “Cathy Rigby, paramedic.”

The episode:Soultaker,” ep. 1001

The riff: Exclaimed by Crow as soon as a woman with short blonde hair comes jumping out of the back of an ambulance.

The explanation: Cathy Rigby was an American gymnast who enjoyed a considerable amount of fame at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. She won silver at the 1970 World Gymnastics Championships, making her the first female American gymnast to ever medal, raising public interest in the sport. After retirement at the ripe old age of 20, she was offered parts on stage, famously playing Peter Pan in a musical adaptation for many years. Later in the 1980s, she used her platform to speak to youth about eating disorders, having suffered from bulimia during her gymnastic career.

Novelty factor: Never heard of her before, unsurprisingly. I found her bio information pretty interesting to read, though. I’m always amazed by the short careers of gymnasts. Imagine retiring from your life’s main calling before you’re legally able to drink alcohol.


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