Helen Stephens (1918-1994) was an athlete competing in several disciplines such as shot
put, discus throw and 100 m. She won two gold medals in the Berlin Olympic Games
won the 100 m event at the age of 18, beating the world champion and setting a
time lower than the world record; however, the new record was not registered
because of a strong tailwind. After retiring from athletics, she became the
first woman to own and manage a semi-professional basketball team.
Beard (b. 1981) is an
accomplished swimmer, winning 21 medals in international championships over her
career. She is also a previous world record holder for the 200m breaststroke.
participation at the Olympic Games was in 1996, at 14, when she won a gold
medal and two silvers. Her medal record includes 7 won in Olympic Games.
Miloșovici (b. 1976)
is a former Romanian gymnast. She is considered one of the most successful gymnasts
of all time, and is one of the last ever to obtain a perfect score of 10 in an
She has won
medals in every single World Championship, European Championship or Olympic
Games in which she participated, for a total of 19. She is one of only three
female gymnasts to win at least one World or Olympic title in all four gymnastics
(b. 1971) is a
competition swimmer who won numerous championships and gold medals in
international events. She also held seven world records at the end of her
She has won four
gold medals at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, as well as five in World
Championships and twelve in Pan Pacific Championships. In 1989 she received the
James E. Sullivan Award for being the top amateur athlete in the US, and held
the title of Female World Swimmer of the Year three times.
Mary Joe Fernández (b. 1971) is a professional tennis player. She won two Grand Slam
titles and two Olympic gold medals in doubles, and has been the runner-up in
three Grand Slam tournaments in singles.
She turned professional in 1986 and won her
first title in 1989. She peaked at World No. 4 in both singles and doubles, in
1990 and 1991 respectively. After retirement, she was the coach for the 2012
Olympic tennis team.
1950) is a Romanian former runner, known as one
of the best athletes of her time. She was the 1984 Olympic champion for the
3000 metres event.
She participated in numerous international
events from 1976 to 1989, winning two gold medals at the World Cross-Country
Championships, in addition to her Olympic Games win. In 1982, she set the
record for the women’s mile run.
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.