It was London, 1948, a place in the rebirth of itself. Three years into London’s reconstruction after World War II. The American Women’s Track and Field team were expected to perform well and had not done so at this point in August of the Games.
It was August and America was crazy about Mr. Baseball, Jackie Robinson, who crossed the color line as the first African American to play major league baseball.
However, a national American treasure had endured two cancelled Olympic Games to put the modern Olympics on a new path of world freedom and riches. The 2012 London Olympics marks the 64th anniversary when Alice Coachman led the American Women to their only track and field Gold Medal in the 1948 Olympic Games.
In winning her Gold Medal she became an instant world icon as the first woman of color in the modern day Olympics to win a Gold Medal.