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Wyomia Tyus Biography

Early Training, Olympic Success, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments, A Coach's InfluenceSELECTED WRITINGS BY TYUS:


American track and field athlete

She became a world champion barely out of high school. She broke records in almost all the track events in which she competed. She was the first person, man or woman, to win consecutive Olympic gold medals for the 100-meter race. Yet, despite three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal, her accomplishments seemed to slip by with barely a commentary from the world around her. Whether it was racism, sexism, or the political climate, Wyomia Tyus stood up to the challenges of her time and proved herself a world-class athlete.

Wyomia Tyus


Inside Jogging for Women, Contemporary Books, 1978.

Sketch by Eve M. B. Hermann

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Famous Sports StarsTrack and Field