Name: Alice Coachman
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): High Jump
DOB: 11/9/1923
Birthplace: Albany, Ga.
Hometown: Albany, Ga.
High School: Madison High School (Albany, Ga.)
College: Albany State College; Tuskegee University
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1948); Olympic medalist (1 gold)
  • London 1948, gold (high jump)
Personal: Daughter of Evelyn and Fred Coachman...One of 10 children...Trained by running on dirt roads and creating her own hurdles after being denied access to regular training facilities in the segregated South...Was encouraged to pursue sports by her fifth grade teacher and her aunt...Won four track and field national championships in college...Earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics with a minor in science...Founded the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to provide assistance to young athletes and former Olympians...Became the first African American female athlete to endorse an international consumer product when she was signed as a spokesperson for Coca-Cola...Mother to two children, Evelyn and Richmond.