Name: Joan Benoit
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Marathon
DOB: 5/16/1957
Birthplace: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
High School: Cape Elizabeth High School (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)
College: North Carolina State University, Bowdoin College
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1984); Olympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Los Angeles 1984, gold (marathon)
Personal: Began running as recovery for a leg injury she sustained from skiing...Ran track and cross country at Bowdoin College...Initially was scared of running in public and would pretend that she was looking at flowers as cars passed her...Got over her fear after watching a college friend running by...Supplemented her training by working as the women’s long-distance coach at Boston University...Ran the 1987 Boston Marathon while three months pregnant with her first child...Married her college sweetheart after returning home from the Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984...Was diagnosed with asthma in 1991...Wrote a book entitled “Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women”...Mother of two children, Abigail and Anders.