As years passed, Billie Jean King learned that women can be superior as well and brought recognition to all women athletes. Eventually, she wrote a book called Pressure is a Privilege, explaining the lessons she had learned throughout her life, and her experiences from battle of the sexes. American tennis player King was a sports champion and the voice for the women’s rights movement. She was the most respected influential American in the history of the United States because she was a champion for social change and equality. She created new inroads for both genders in and out of sports during her legendary career, and she continues to make her mark today.
When Wilma was born prematurely, weighing only 4.5 pounds on June 23rd, 1940 she was not able to receive the proper medical attention she needed. She was turned away from the local hospital simply because the color of her skin. Although there was a local black doctor that would help take care of Wilma, her mother Blanche who was a maid and father Ed who was a railway porter, did not have enough money to pay the doctor. Wilma’s parents knew their daughter was extremely sick but with a family of twenty-two children it was hard for them to pay for anything. Wilma’s mother and family gave their best efforts to nurse her to health by themselves.
Alaina Novotny February 19, 2014 Research Paper Jackie Joyner-Kersee is an intelligent, generous, fun-loving famous African American who happens to also be an Olympic heptathlete. Inspite of growing up in a big family, a dangerous neighborhood, and with little money, she grew up to be the record holder of the long jump and to own many Olympic medals. Jacqueline Joyner, widely known as Jackie Joyner, was born March 3, 1962 in East St. Louis, Illinois. She was named Jacqueline after President John Kennedy’s wife. When she was born, her grandmother predicted, “Someday this girl will be the first lady of something.” (Source 2) Oddly enough, her prediction came true.
After a life-changing event like becoming blind and deaf, most people would probably give up on most of their dreams and goals. Helen Keller was strong, determined, and did not allow her disabilities control her life. She went on to college, got involved in politics and other famous causes, and inspired other disabled children by her accomplishments. She was married to Peter Fagan before her parents made them divorce, and even after she died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, her legacy still remains (www.nndb.com). Helen Keller will forever be remembered as one of the most influential people of the 20th century.
So without her coach’s permission, she asked her parents to take her to take the “gold test,” which she passed, bringing her to the senior level. Two years later, her determination brought her to third rank in the United States just behind Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. In January 1994, during the U.S. Nationals, Kerrigan was attacked which caused her to unable to perform in the competition. So Michelle became an alternate and travel with the Olympic team. While she was watching the skaters from the sidelines, she was telling herself that she will be just like them and better.
Gabby Douglas was the first African-American female gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual All-Around champion. In the 2012 Olympic Games, she won gold in the team competition and the individual competition. She is a gymnastics phenom. From the beginning of her career to where she is today, she has been a true trooper through everything. Gabrielle Douglas is an inspiration to me and many others because she overcame being homeless,moved in with a new family, and won Olympic gold in gymnastics.
Everyone today knows Nadia Comaneci as the first female gymnast to earn a perfect score at the 1976 Olympics games in Montreal, Canada, but that was just one of her many unique accomplishments. Throughout her gymnastics career she claimed 16 gold medals and went to the Olympics two times, got first in 1976, and won second in 1980. Nadia Comaneci was born in Onesti, Romania, on November 12, 1961.When she was six years old, she was playing around outside at school, and Bela Karolyi spotted her and immediately wanted her as one of his gymnasts. She soon started training at Onesti Sports Academy, for four hours a day, six days a week, with Sunday being her day off. After Nadia Comaneci trained for one year, she was ready to compete, at just age seven.
She was the first female Indigenous Australian to win the 400m gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games. While doing her victory lap she carried the Indigenous flag as well as the Australian flag. Cathy is the co-founder of an organisation which has been running strongly for three years. The foundation is committed to creating a superior pathway to a brighter future for Indigenous children; the pathways are centred on improving education, health and self-esteem. She aims to close th... ... middle of paper ... ...ympic Games and made her dream a reality; she then inspired millions of Australians to do the same.
Dominique Dawes competed in Atlanta and made history for being the first black person of any nationality to win a gold medal in gymnastics. While gymnastics has made progress including African Americans, they still have prejudices to overcome. Today, two black women stand out as prominent figures in gymnastics, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles. Douglas, at age 16, became the first woman of colour, of any nationality, to win a gold medal in the individual all around event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She garnered a great deal of attention for her performance, but the media focused on her race as well.
Perhaps most damaging was her battle with polio, which left her stricken with infant paralysis at age four. As a result, she wore a steel brace on her left leg, which helped heal her body, but did considerable psychological damage, acc... ... middle of paper ... ...est, by saying “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday." (Biography.com, 2014) References Smith, M. M. (2006).