This beauty made history at the 1948 Olympics in London when she leaped to a record-breaking height of 5 feet, 6 and 1/8 inches in the high jump finals to become the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Alice Coachman. Do you think you could beat her record in high jumps?
Alice Coachman was one of 10 children and was raised in the segregated south. She was denied any form of training and participation in organized sports events. So like any determined teen would do, she trained on her own. She ran barefoot in fields and on dirt roads, using old equipment to improve her high jump.
When Alice attended high school, she trained under the boys’ track coach, Harry E. Lash. At 16 years old she was already scouted and given a scholarship by the athletic department at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Before attending college she made her mark at Madison High School, leaving them with a new high jump record. But before even stepping foot into Tuskegee Institute, she managed to beat the college high jump record in the Amateur Athlete Union national championship’s track and field competition.
In 1948, Alice went to London to compete in the Olympics and was finally able to show the world how talented she was. On that day she made history, becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.
Later in life, Alice went back to Albany College to finish her degree. She also established the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to help support younger athletes and provide assistance to retired Olympic veterans. We love a beauty who is also able to give back in any shape or form! Alice was a go-getter and made history. Her achievements will never be forgotten! Alice is a girl with beauty and brains.