Born April 15, 1957, Shreveport, La.
One of the greatest women's sprinters in track and field history, Evelyn Ashford ranked first in the world four times and was the top ranked American seven times, including four in a row from 1981 to 1984. A competitor at the 1976 Olympic Games while attending UCLA, she also competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Games, winning four gold medals and a silver. One of her best Olympics was in 1984 when she won the 100 and anchored the winning 4 x 100 relay. In 1988, she was second in the 100 and again anchored the winning 4 x 100 relay team.
She was a two-time world record holder in the 100 and also competed in three World Cups and two World Championships. Overall, she was on 15 national teams during the period from 1976 to 1992, a very long career for a sprinter. Her best meet was the 1981 World Cup when she won the 100 and 200 and anchored the second-place 4 x 100 team. She won 19 national titles, including six indoors.