Alice Coachman An olympic high jumper


Alice Coachman was born in 1922. During the time of segregation, Alice Coachman wanted to be an Olympic high jumper, but she always had to do chores to do and it seemed impossible for a black girl to be in the Olympics. She and her friends took 2 tall sticks and tied some rags together to make a high jump at home for Alice to practice. She was really good at the high jump for a kid.

Alice Coachman

Olympic Achievements

Alice Coachman had an Olympic record of 5 ft., 6 1/8 in and won first place. She said, ¨A lemon and gods will give me luck. That´s all I need.¨ She was given the only gold for the American women´s track and field team in 1948. Her dad was the one who allowed her to compete. She was a National Champion in the 50-and-100-meter runs. What a champ.

Alice Coachman with the gold
My book

Alice Coachman died in 2014. She is a good high jumper. She is one out of many people that we celebrate black history month for.

Malaspina, Ann. Touch the Sky. Chicago: Albert Whitman, 2012. Print.

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