The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died at age 90 in south Georgia
The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, has died at age 90 in south Georgia on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
Unable to compete in the 1940 and 1944 Olympics because of WWII, 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.
Born in Albany, Georgia, she attended Tuskegee University and won 25 national track and field championships including her domination of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) high jump trials – winning 10 consecutive 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.
Alice’s daughter, Evelyn Davis reported her mother had passed early Monday morning. Funeral services are being processed by Meadows Funeral Home in Albany.
-Curt Cramer (@CurtisRemarc)