Queen of the Track

Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion

By Heather Lang; Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
(Boyds Mills Press, Hardcover, 9781590788509, 40pp.)

Publication Date: March 2012

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At the 1948 Olympics in London, members of the U.S. Womenu2019s Track and Field team went down to defeat one by one. Any hope of winning rested on Alice Coachman. Thousands of spectators stayed late for the high-jump event and witnessed history as she became the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. In time for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, this book follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium.

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