Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman Dies at 90

The Huffington Post reports on the death of Coachman, who was the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal

by Huffington Post, July 15, 2014

Alice Coachman

Alice Coachman

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Track and field star Alice Coachman, who in 1948 became the first Black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic games, died in Georgia on Monday at the age of 90.

Coachman, who won her gold medal in the high jump at the 1948 summer Olympics in London, died at a hospital near her home in Albany, Georgia, said AC Meadows, owner of the Meadows Funeral Home.

"Alice literally set the bar with her accomplishments at the 1948 Games, but Olympic champion is only part the incredible legacy she leaves behind," United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said in a written statement.

Read it at The Huffington Post.



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