Remembering a Legend: Alice Coachman

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Women in Sport Fun Facts:

  • In 776 B.C. - The first Olympics are held in ancient Greece. Women are excluded, so they compete every four years in their own Games of Hera, to honor the Greek goddess who ruled over women and the earth.
  • Women competed for the first time at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. Of a total of 997 athletes, 22 women competed in five sports: tennis, sailing, croquet, equestrianism and golf. The IOC is committed to gender equality in sport.

As a female athlete, I think it’s important to give credit to our women pioneers in sport. Yesterday our nation lost a special soul, Alice Coachman, who became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal when she captured the high jump for the United States at the 1948 London Games.

Click here to read a great article from The New York Times about Coachman’s success in the sport of track and field.

May your legend live on sweet Alice.

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