Name: Evelyn Ashford
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 100-meter, 4x100
DOB: 4/15/1957
Birthplace: Shrevport, La.
Hometown: Roseville, Calif.
High School: Roseville High School (Roseville, Calif.)
College: UCLA
Olympic Experience
  • Four-time Olympian (1976, 1984, 1988, 1992); five-time Olympic medalist (4 golds, 1 silver)
  • Los Angeles 1984, gold (100-meter, 4x100)
  • Seoul 1988, gold (4x100), silver (100)
  • Barcelona 1992, gold (4x100)
Personal: Grew up in California after being born in Louisiana...First heard of Wilma Rudolph when she was 12 years old, who became her idol...The football coach at her high school asked if she would race his fastest player -- she did and won...Became the only female member of the boys’ track and field team at her high school...Was one of the first women to be offered a full athletic scholarship to UCLA...Has served as a public speaker and has done Olympic advisory work for General Motors...Won an ESPY Award in 1993 for Outstanding Women’s Track Performer of the Year...Mother to one daughter, Raina.