Alice Coachman, First Black Female Gold Medalist, Dies

By Associated Press | July 14, 2014, 6:26 p.m. (ET)
Sports Broadcaster Jon Naber speaks to 1948 Olympic gold medalist
Alice Coachman during the Team USA Road to London 100 Days Out
Celebration in Times Square on April 18, 2012 in New York City.

The following statement regarding Alice Coachman is attributable to Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee:

"On behalf of the U.S. Olympic family, we mourn the loss of Alice Coachman Davis and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Alice literally set the bar with her accomplishments at the 1948 Games, but Olympic champion is only part of the incredible legacy she leaves behind. Alice Coachman Davis has inspired generation of athletes to be their best and she will be missed."

Alice Coachman First Black Female Gold Medalist Dies 

ALBANY, Ga. -- The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died at age 90 in south Georgia.

Davis' daughter, Evelyn Jones, says her mother died early Monday morning in Albany. Vera Williams, a secretary at Meadows Funeral Home in Albany, says Meadows will be handling Davis' memorial service but plans haven't been finalized yet.

Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London. She was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Davis attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships -- including 10 consecutive high jump titles.

She was the only American woman to win a gold medal at the 1948 games, and retired at age 25 after winning Olympic gold.