America’s track and field legend passed away

After a period of treatment at the Georgia state nursing home, the legendary athlete Alice Coachman Davis died at the age of 90 after suffering from a blood-stopping stroke.

Athlete Alice Coachman Davis once won a gold medal in the high jump competition at the Olympic Games 1948 held in London with a record of 1,68m (5.51 feet) in the United States.

As a student at Tuskegee University, Mrs. Davis was also quite famous when she joined the basketball team and helped the team win three honorable awards. During a professional career, over 25 seasons of the American track and field championship, she won 10 consecutive championships at the high jump competition, from 1939 and 1948.


Born and raised in the remote parts of the South America during a racist period, Ms. Davis had to go through many challenges. She loves sports and seems to have a gifted talent in high dance, gaining outstanding achievements since she was 16 years old. But due to her skin color and African bloodline, she was prohibited from using public sports training equipment. However, all the shortcomings and difficulties are subdued by her passion.

As a result, Davis became the only US female athlete to win a Gold Medal in the 1948 Olympics, and was honored to have an escort luxury car for 175 miles to Georgia after returning from London. But at the time of the official award ceremony in Albany, NewYork, racism was revealed, suddenly white people separated. Standing between the two lines, Davis felt proud that he had shown the white people what she had done.


Speaking on a television program, Davis said: “My father did not want to let me study at Tuskegee University, he was afraid I was in danger because at that time,American-African life was very different. But in the moment that marked my life, I turned around and held it high so that he could see the medal that I tried to achieve. I understand, at that time, my parents were very proud of me”.

Recalling his victory, inan interview in 2004, Davis said, she could have won more medals in the Olympics, but for reasons of World War II, the Olympic Games 1940 or 1944 was not organized. “I think, from 1944, I was able to win, but you see, the final glory is mine, only 4 years later. It is really a great feeling when the national flag is high and the song of the National Anthem is sung”.


After winning in London at the age of 25, Davis decided to join his career and become a teacher, a high-level dance instructor.