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Alice Coachman ~ First black woman to win an Olympic gold medal
a shirtless man with medals around his neck and chest, posing for a photo
The Sexiest 2012 Summer Olympians
The Sexiest 2012 Summer Olympians
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Lochte and Phelps. God Bless America
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20 Most Stylish Olympic Athletes of All Time
Wilma Rudolph (USA), one of the most inspiring Olympic athletes of all time. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, she became "the fastest woman in the world" and the 1st American woman to win 3 gold medals in one Olympics. She won the 100 & 200m races and anchored the U.S. team to victory in the 4 x 100m relay, breaking records along the way.
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Jesse Owens (1913-1980) was born in Oakville, Alabama. He attended Ohio State Univ. and won 8 individual NCAA championships but due to racist laws, he had to live off campus—staying and eating at black-only hotels/restaurants. In 1936, nazi Germany hosted the Summer Olympics with hopes of promoting Aryan-fascism. Owens dashed those hopes, winning four gold medals in the 100m sprint, long jump, 200m sprint and 4x100 sprint relay. After which the fuhrer refused to acknowledge his victory.
an old black and white photo of a man running on a track with spectators in the background
The 1936 Olympics, Jesse Owens Olympic 100m dash, 1936 (Photo location: 102-37)
three men standing next to each other with their hands in the air and one holding up his fist
Black Power Salute – Iconic Photos
U.S. The Iconic Photo That Sent Shock Waves Throughout The World, 1968 Olympics. ~ The African-American athletes are Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
a female figure skating on the ice in a blue dress and white shoes with her arms outstretched
Tara Lipinski - USA - 1998: Lipinski is an American figure skater. At the age of 15, she won the ladies' singles Olympic gold medal in figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Lipinski remains the youngest individual gold medalist in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. She is also the 1997 World Champion, two-time Champions Series Final Champion (1997–1998) and 1997 U.S. Champion. #womens #history #women #athletes
a woman is doing a trick on the ice
Surya Bonaly at the 1998 Winter Olympics, completed one bladed back flip. To this day she is the only skater to ever do this - not the only female figure skater, the only figure skater period. There have been 3 other skaters who have done back flips in competition (all men), but she was the only one to land on one blade.
a man and woman in red outfits standing next to each other with their arms around each other
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First black figure skating pair in 2010 Winter Olympics, Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur