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November 9, 1923

“I’ve always believed that I could do anything I set my mind to do.” 

Alice Coachman Davis American athlete specializing in high jump and was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal was born.

Coachman’s athletic career ended when she was 24.She dedicated the rest of her life to education and to the Job Corps.Coachman’s first opportunity to compete on a global stage was during the 1948 Olympic Games in London. She qualified for the US Olympic team with a high jump of 5 feet 4 inches breaking the previous 16-year-old record by ¾ of an inch In the high jump finals of the 1948 Summer Olympics, Coachman leaped 1.68 m (5  ft 6⅛ in) on her first try. Her nearest rival, Great Britain’s Dorothy Tyler, matched Coachman’s jump, but only on her second try. Coachman was the only American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics in 1948. Her medal was presented by King George VI

In 1952 she became the first African-American woman to endorse an international product when she was signed as a spokesperson by the Coca-Cola Company[6] who featured her prominently on billboards alongside 1936 Olympic winner Jesse Owens. In her hometown, Alice Avenue, and Coachman Elementary School were named in her honor

In 1979 Coachman was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Coachman was honored as one of the 100 greatest Olympians.(Wikipedia)

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