News & Notes, Volume 6, Number 20


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field

Crawford presents at NAACP Image Awards

Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic 200-meter gold medalist, on Friday will appear as a presenter at the 2005 NAACP Image Awards.

2004 was a spectacular year for the now 27-year-old sprinter. After winning the Olympic Trials 200-meter title, he went on to dominate the field at the Olympic Games, leading Team USA to a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 with his 2004 world-leading time of 19.79 seconds. He also ran on the Team USA 4x100m squad that won silver in Athens, and he placed fourth in the 100 meters.

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. The NAACP Image Awards is a star-studded salute to the best in entertainment. Honorees, presenters and performers have included many of the major celebrities in America as well as International political figures and dignitaries. There are 36 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, music and literature. There also are several honorary awards.

The 2005 NAACP Image Awards were taped Saturday, March 19 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Hosted by Chris Tucker, it airs at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, March 25, on FOX.

Obituary: Gertrude Stelling Wilhelmsen

Gertrude Stelling Wilhelmsen, who placed seventh in the javelin and eighth in the discus at the 1936 Olympic Games, died Saturday, March 19, in Puyallup, Washington, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. She was 92.

She was born Gertrude Stelling on January 16, 1913 in Puyallup, and married Andrew Wilhelmsen on November 5, 1932, just a few months after placing fourth in the javelin at the 1932 Olympic Trials.

At the 1936 Olympic Trials, Wilhelmsen placed second in the discus and third in the javelin, where she beat out former world record holder Nan Gindele for the final spot.

The German-speaking Wilhelmsen played a key role on the 1936 Olympic Team, acting as a de facto translator for the team and meeting with German officials. She was the top U.S. finisher in both of her events at the Games.

A multi-sport phenom, Wilhelmsen first competed in track because it was the only sport for girls offered at Puyallup High. She also played professional baseball, participated in local basketball, was an avid golfer - boasting five career holes-in-one in competition - and later won several medals at the Senior Olympics.

In 1996, at the age of 83, she carried the Olympic torch as it passed through Tacoma.