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Gail Devers

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1966 Born November 19 in Seattle, Washington
1984 Enrolls at University of California, Los Angeles, on a track scholarship, and begins training with Bob Kersee; Devers is the first female athlete from her high school to earn an athletic scholarship from a major university
1988 Graduates from University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Sociology
1988 Marries Ron Roberts, the captain of the UCLA men's track team
1988 While training for the 1988 Summer Olympics, Devers's health begins to deteriorate
1988 Competes at the 1988 Summer Olympics, finishing eighth in her qualifying heat for the 100-meter dash
1988 Becomes violently ill
1990 Diagnosed with Graves' disease; she opts to undergo radiation treatment as opposed to taking a medication that is on the banned medications list for the Olympics
1991 Two days before her feet are set to be amputated, doctors realize that Devers's radiation treatments are the cause of her dangerously swollen feet
1991 Begins her track and field comeback by walking around a track with socks on her feet, since her feet are still too tender to wear shoes
1991 Gets divorced from Ron Roberts
1992 Less than seventeen months after doctors almost amputate her feet, she wins the gold medal in the 100-meter dash in the 1992 Summer Olympics; she also leads the race for the 100-meter hurdles event, but trips over the last hurdle, falling to a fifth-place finish
1994 Misses most competitions this year, due to a hamstring injury and back problems that result from a car accident
1996 Wins gold medal in the 100-meter dash in the 1996 Summer Olympics
1996 Marries American Olympic gold medalist and triple jumper, Kenny Harrison
2000 Forced to drop out of the 100-meter hurdle race at the 2000 Summer Olympics, due to Achilles tendon and hamstring injuries

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