All That’s Black: Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman, Track Star:

Photo Credit: Bettman

I’ve always believed that I could do whatever I set my mind to do.

Growing up in Albany, Georgia, the soon-to-be track star got an early start running on dirt roads and jumping over makeshift hurdles. She became the first African American woman from any country to win an Olympic Gold Medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She set the record for the high jump at the Games, leaping to 5 feet and 6 1/8 inches. Throughout her athletic career, she won 34 national titles—10 of which were in the high jump.

She was officially inducted into the National Track-and-Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

By Aprille’ Morris & Emily Burke

Edited By Keshav Kant

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