Wilma Rudolph (USA), one of the most inspiring Olympic athletes of all time. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, she became "the fastest woman in the world" and the 1st American woman to win 3 gold medals in one Olympics. She won the 100 & 200m races and anchored the U.S. team to victory in the 4 x 100m relay, breaking records along the way.
Jesse Owens (1913-1980) was born in Oakville, Alabama. He attended Ohio State Univ. and won 8 individual NCAA championships but due to racist laws, he had to live off campus—staying and eating at black-only hotels/restaurants. In 1936, nazi Germany hosted the Summer Olympics with hopes of promoting Aryan-fascism. Owens dashed those hopes, winning four gold medals in the 100m sprint, long jump, 200m sprint and 4x100 sprint relay. After which the fuhrer refused to acknowledge his victory.
Tara Lipinski - USA - 1998: Lipinski is an American figure skater. At the age of 15, she won the ladies' singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Lipinski remains the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. She is also the 1997 World Champion, two-time Champions Series Final Champion (1997–1998) and 1997 U.S. Champion. #womens #history #women #athletes
Surya Bonaly at the 1998 Winter Olympics, completed one bladed back flip. To this day she is the only skater to ever do this - not the only female figure skater, the only figure skater period. There have been 3 other skaters who have done back flips in competition (all men), but she was the only one to land on one blade.
In 1996, Dominique Dawes became the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. In 2012, Gabby Douglas became the first African American to win an individual all-around gold medal. Douglas is also the first American to win gold in the team and all-around competitions in the same year. #BlackHerstory
William DeHart Hubbard (November 25, 1903 - June 23, 1976) was the first African American to win Olympic gold in an individual event, the running long jump in 1924. He also held NCAA titles in the long jump (1923, 1925) & 100 meters (1925) before graduating with honors from the University of Michigan. He spent his career in government work, retiring as race relations adviser of the Federal Housing Authority in Cleveland. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. #TodayInBlackHistory
Alice Coachman, 88, specialized in the high jump. An American, she became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 1948 London games. "Winning that gold medal meant everything to me. I didn’t get to celebrate much after, because it was so crowded and everyone wanted to see me. But the one thing I did ask my coach for was a beer. I’d been with her for three years, so she knew that I didn’t drink or smoke. 'You, a beer?' she asked, laughing. I think I only drank about half...