Born July 6, 1960, Greenwood, Miss.
In every Olympic Games, there is always an individual who stands out among all others. Among the women competing in track and field at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, that person was Valerie Brisco. A resident of the Los Angeles area, it was only fitting that Brisco should star in 1984. Her accomplishments included gold medals in the 200, 400 and 4 x 400 relay. Her time of 48.83 in the 400 still stands as the American record. Brisco raised her Olympic gold medal total to four when she ran on the winning 4 x 400 relay in the 1988 Games at Seoul. Brisco also had outstanding success at the Pan American Games, twice representing the USA and winning relay gold medals in both 1979 and 1987. She also won a bronze medal at the 1987 World Outdoor Championships in Rome. Much has been written about Michael Johnson's 200-400 doubles but Brisco will always be remembered as the first person to perform the feat in the Olympics.