News

Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold, dead

Alice Coachman, first black woman to win Olympic gold, dead

ALICE COACHMAN:This July 8, 1948, file photo shows Alice Coachman of Albany, Ga., clearing the bar at five feet to win the running high jump in the Women's National Track Meet in Grand Rapids, Iowa. Photo: Associated Press

alicecoachmandavis
Alice Coachman, (center), of Albany, GA., stands on the winner’s section of the Olympic podium at Wembley Stadium, Wembley, England, August 7, 1948, to receive the gold medal for winning the women’s high jump. At left is D.J. Tyler of Great Britain, who placed second, and at right is M.O.M. Ostermeyer of France who placed third. Both Coachman and Tyler cleared the bar at 5 feet 6 inches. Summer Olympics London England 1948.

Legendary U.S. athlete Alice Coachman, who became the first black woman to win Olympic gold, has died at the age of 90.

The track and field icon went into cardiac arrest and passed away at a hospital in Albany, Georgia, on Monday, months after suffering a stroke.

Coachman won her place in the Olympic history books at the 1948 London Games, where she competed in the high jump and was awarded the gold medal.

PHOTOS: 2014 Notable Deaths

She was presented with the prize by England’s King George VI, the late father of current monarch Queen Elizabeth II, and was later invited to the White House, where she was congratulated on her sporting achievement by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

The sportswoman, who was later known as Alice Coachman Davis, also made history as the first African-American to earn an endorsement deal in 1952, when she signed on to promote Coca-Cola.

She was officially recognized as one of the 100 greatest Olympians in history at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Headlines

4 hours ago in Local

SD House Debate on School Funding Bill Halted by Procedural Move

School Books

A potential vote on a bill that would raise the state sales tax by a half cent was halted by a procedural move in the South Dakota House yesterday.

6 hours ago in Local

Fargo Police Officer Shot, Not Expected to Survive

police lights

A FARGO NORTH DAKOTA POLICE OFFICER WHO RESPONDED TO A DOMESTIC INVOLVING AN ARMED SUSPECT IN A NORTH FARGO HOME WAS SHOT AND MORTALLY WOUNDED LAST NIGHT.

16 hours ago in Local

Iowa Senators Disagree on Education Funding

school_bus_1

A debate over funding for K-12 education in the Iowa Senate included claims that many schools could be forced to cut their literacy programs.

17 hours ago in Local

Nebraska Colleges & Universities Requesting Money for Construction

nebraska

The Nebraska State College System is seeking roughly 50-million dollars for building renovations and new construction on its three campuses.

17 hours ago in Local

Nebraska Legislators Getting Pushed on Property Tax Relief

nebraska-state-capital

Farmers and ranchers appealed to the Nebraska legislature's Education Committee for relief from rising property taxes.