July 1, 2009

Willye White - Olympic Hall of Fame 2009

Olympic Hall Of Fame Winners Announced

Willye White, Athletics

The first woman to compete for the U.S. Team in five Olympic Games, Willye White's Olympic career spanned 16 years, from 1956 to 1972. Specializing in the long jump and 100 meters, she earned a silver medal in long jump at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne at the age of 16, marking the first time an American woman medaled in the event. She won her second silver medal in 1964 as a member of the 4x100 meter relay team in Tokyo.

White was a member of more than 30 international and national track teams and won 12 Amateur Athletic Union long jump titles during her career. She set seven American records and won 13 national indoor and outdoor titles. She has been inducted into 11 sports hall of fames, including her 1981 induction into the USATF National Track & Field Hall of Fame.

White passed away in February 2007.

Congratulations to our Friends of Willye: Mickey, Sarah, Amy, Diane and Pat - also members of the Willye White Park Advisory Council.

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