Alice Coachman

Black History Month Honoree 26
Posted on 02/27/2023
Image of Alice CoachmanGrowing up in Albany, Georgia, soon-to-be track star Alice Coachman (1923-2014) 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, leaping to 5 feet and 6-1/8 inches. Throughout her athletic career, she won 25 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.

Image of Alice Coachman
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