Shirley Strickland (1925-2004) was an Australian athlete. With a total of seven Olympic
medals (of which 3 gold), she won more than any other Australian in running
In addition to her sports career, she held
a degree in Physics and taught at Perth Technical College. She participated in three
Summer Olympics from 1948 to 1956, and was involved in the administration of the
Australian team for two more. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of
Australia in 2001.
Glover (b. 1986) is
a British rower, part of the national team. She is considered the best female
rower in the world, having held that position since 2015.
She is a
triple World champion, triple European champion and quintuple World Cup
champion. In her first Olympic Games in 2012, she won the gold medal and set
the Olympic record in women’s coxless pairs, alongside her partner Heather
Dafne Schippers (b. 1992) is a track and field athlete from The Netherlands. She is the
third-fastest woman of all time in the 200m event, for which she also holds the
She has won 17 medals in international competitions,
including 7 gold. Throughout her career, she has set numerous national records,
many of which still stand.
Szewińska (1946-2018) was a Polish sprinter and one of the best athletes in the
world for almost two decades. She is the only athlete in history who held the
world record in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m events.
She participated in five Olympic Games throughout her career, winning
seven medals (three gold) and breaking six world records. She won numerous
other medals in European Championships and was named United Press International
Athlete of the Year in 1974.
1989) is a former competitive swimmer from the United Kingdom. She won two gold
medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Briton to achieve the
feat since 1908.
She has participated and won medals in other world
competitions such as the 2011 World Aquatic Championships and the 2012 London
Olympics. In 2008, she set a British, European, Olympic and Commonwealth record
in 800-metre freestyle.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (b. 1986) is a track
and field sprinter from Jamaica. She was the first Caribbean woman to win a
gold medal for the 100 m event at the Olympics, which she achieved in 2012.
Her medal record includes 12 gold and 7 silver
medals in international events. She set several national and world records for
sprinting and was named IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2013. Her
organisation, Pocket Rocket Foundation, supports high school athletes who have financial
difficulties so that they can keep training and stay in education.
Correia (b. 1981)
is a US Olympic swimmer. She is the first black American swimmer to set a
national and a world swimming record.
In 2002 she was the NCAA Champion in four
different events, and set three American records. She was the first woman of
African American and of Puerto Rican descent to make the US Olympic Swim team.
Nadia Comăneci (b. 1961) is one of the most famous and
accomplished gymnasts of all time. A native of Romania, she is most well-known
for being the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 at the Olympic
She made history at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics
by achieving the first ever perfect 10 in gymnastics history, a feat that she
repeated six times throughout the games. Her impressive record includes 18 gold
medals in international competitions.
Evelyn Ashford (b. 1957) is a former track and field athlete. She was the first person to run under 11 seconds in the Olympic Games, which she did for the first time in 1984, and more than 30 times after that.
She won four gold medals and one silver in three Olympic Games events, making her one of only six women to win four gold medals in track and field. She was ranked No. 1 worldwide by Track & Field News on three occasions.
Lillian Copeland (1904-1964) was a track and field athlete who
also excelled in multiple other disciplines, such as shot put and javelin
throwing. For a very long time (until 2008), she was the only American woman to
win the discus throw event in a modern Olympiad.
She participated in
two Summer Olympics, in 1928 and 1932, winning silver and gold respectively.
She set world records in discus, javelin and shot put, and won the Amateur Athletic
Union championships five times.