Star athlete Alice Davis dies

By Drum Digital
15 July 2014

Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London with an American and Olympic record of 1.68 metres.

The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday in south Georgia. She was 90.

She was the only American woman to win a gold medal that year.

She retired at age 25 after winning the gold medal in London.

Davis was inducted to the USA Track and Field Hall of fame in 1975, and was inducted to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

"Going into the USOC Hall of Fame is as good as it gets," she told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview. "It's like Cooperstown, Springfield and Canton," she said, referring to the sites of other prominent Halls of Fame.

Growing up in the deep South during the era of legal segregation, Davis had to overcome multiple challenges.

The New Georgia Encyclopedia says she was prohibited from using public sports facilities because of her race, so she used whatever equipment she could cobble together to practice her jumping.

Davis' cause of death has not been  disclosed.

- SAPA

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