Six members of Haiti’s Special Olympics delegation mysteriously vanish in Florida!!

Six members of Haiti’s Special Olympics delegation mysteriously went missing during the competition in Florida on Monday after returning their hotel room keys and leaving their luggage behind. The Haitians were last seen around 2:30 p.m. as the games got underway at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, according to local outlets. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office identified the missing as Oriol Jean, … Continue reading Six members of Haiti’s Special Olympics delegation mysteriously vanish in Florida!!

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Debi Thomas At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, figure skater Debi Thomas performed her four-minute program to the music of Carmen, the opera by Georges Bizet. And her rival, Germany’s Katarina Witt, chose the exact same song, with the media dubbing the famous showdown as “The Battle of the Carmens.” While Witt won the gold, Thomas took home bronze making her the first … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Shani Davis In February 2006 at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy, Shani Davis, 23, a speedskater from Chicago, became the first African American to win gold in an individual event at a Winter Olympics. Davis grew up on Chicago’s South Side, the only son of Cherie Davis, a secretary, who would take her young son to the roller rink. With his love of fast … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Wilma Rudolph By the age of 20, Tennessee’s Wilma Rudolph was the fastest woman in the world. She’d won one bronze and three gold medals, including in the 100 meters at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. But for her family, the fact Rudolph could walk, let alone run, was the greatest miracle. At her 1940 birth in the St. Bethlehem section of Clarksville, Tennessee, … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

John Baxter Taylor John Baxter Taylor, a student and runner at the University of Pennsylvania, became Dr. Taylor, a veterinarian, in 1908—the same summer he competed in the London Games. “He had a clean-cut business way of covering the ground, with a length of stride seldom seen today, which was firmly impressed on one’s mind,” wrote the Pittsburgh Courier. Taylor was the first African American athlete … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals

Alice Coachman Born in Albany, Georgia in 1923, Alice Coachman was one of 10 children and a sports prodigy from an early age. As an African American, she could neither practice in local training facilities like gymnasiums or tracks, nor compete in local competitions, due to Jim Crow segregation laws in the South. Instead, she tied rags, ropes and sticks together in a field near her home and practiced … Continue reading The First African Americans to Win Olympic Medals