Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athelete. She was one of the world's top female athletes of the 1950s, and won the Gold Medal in the women's high jump event at the 1956 Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. She ran track and played basketball at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Teammates called her "Tex," because she dribbled like a Texan, according to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, where she was enshrined in 1983. She was also inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Helms Hall of Fame in Los Angeles. She was the United States women's high jump champion in 1953, 1955 and 1956, and the indoor champion in 1955 and 1956. At the 1955 Pan American Games, she won the high jump with a meet record.
Bio by: Ron Moody