During the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, two African American track and field athletes, Ridye Pickett and Louise Stokes became the first African American women to qualify for the Olympics. It wasn’t until four years later, at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, that they were allowed to represent their country on the track. The first African American gold medal to a woman came at the 1948 London Olympics, when Alice Coachman set records for the high jump on route to her gold medal. Coachman dominates the high jump, and had World War II not gotten in the way of the 1940 and 1944 Read More »
Dominique Dawes is one of America’s most decorated gymnasts. During her competitive career, she managed to win gold medals in the vault apparatus at the 1993, 1994 and 1996 U.S. National Gymnastics Championships. Her superior vaulting skills also helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. Her scores on vault additionally contributed to her team’s medal success at the 1992 and 2000 Olympics.
One of her signature vaults that she often performed in competition is known as the Yurchenko. This difficult vault is entered from a roundoff-back handspring off the vault and Read More »
Gabby Douglas follows in the proud footsteps of other African American women who have competed and won on the world stage. The following are five more African American women who have taken home Olympic gold.
The first African American woman to win a gold medal in any Olympic event, Coachman competed in the 1948 London Olympics. The Albany, Georgia, native won gold for her record-setting high jump.
Dawes took her first gymnastics class at age 6 and was the first African American woman to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She was awarded Olympic gold as a member Read More »
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley is the second African American woman to win the gold medal in the 100 meter hurdles at the 1984 Olympic Games of Los Angeles. She is a retired athlete who participated in mostly 100 meter hurdles. Fitzgerald Mosley won the hurdles at the 1983 Pan American games.
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley grew up in Warrenton, Virginia. At an early age, she became interested in athletics. She began to do very well in athletics and education and went to college with a full schlorsip to the University of Tennessee.Get more information here.