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Evelyn Ashford

Retired Track & Field Athlete; Five-Time Olympic Medalist, Four-Time Gold Medalist, & First Woman to Run 100-meter Dash in under 11 Seconds at the Olympics

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Evelyn Ashford Biography

A record-breaking sprinting star of the 1970s and 1980s, Evelyn Ashford is one of the few track and field athletes to boast four Olympic gold medals.

Born into a military family in Shreveport, Louisiana and the eldest of five children, Evelyn Ashford began to excel at sprinting while in her teens. She had barely turned 17 when she was spotted at an athletics meet in California by Pat Connolly, who would go on to coach her to some of her greatest triumphs.

After earning a place on the US Olympic team at the age of 19, she finished fifth in the 100m final at Montreal 1976. Three years down the line, she became the first female American athlete to run under 11 seconds for the 100m and under 22 seconds for the 200m. During the decade that followed, she would do battle with the East German pair of Marlies Göhr and Marita Koch for the title of queen of the track.

On 3 July 1983 in Colorado Springs (USA), Ashford set her first world record, winning in 10.79 seconds, a marginal improvement on Göhr’s time of 10.81. She was the heavy favorite going into the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki, but she suffered an injury in the final of her chosen event and had to pull out. The following year, at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the diminutive American won two gold medals, clocking up a 10.97 in the individual 100m and running the anchor leg in the 4x100m relay to steer her colleagues to glory ahead of Canada and Great Britain in 41.65.

As the LA track events had taken place without the presence of the East Germans, Ashford proved a point in Zurich (SUI) on 22 August 1984, not only pipping Göhr at the line but also setting a new world record of 10.76, a time that would top the sprinting charts for four years and still remains the eighth best performance in history.

After marrying basketball player Ray Washington and giving birth to a daughter, Raina, in 1985, Ashford returned to the track. At Seoul 1988, she again ran the last leg of the 4x100m relay for the Americans, helping her team to beat the East Germans into second place with a time of 41.98. At her final Games, in Barcelona in 1992, a 35-year-old Ashford picked up her third gold medal in the relay, – and fourth overall – this time running a solid first leg. Her three consecutive Olympic 4x100m relay victories is a feat that no other female athlete has equaled to this day.

In 1997, Ashford was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame,[7] where she is said to be "one of the greatest track and field runners ever," and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Evelyn Ashford Biography

A record-breaking sprinting star of the 1970s and 1980s, Evelyn Ashford is one of the few track and field athletes to boast four Olympic gold medals.

Born into a military family in Shreveport, Louisiana and the eldest of five children, Evelyn Ashford began to excel at sprinting while in her teens. She had barely turned 17 when she was spotted at an athletics meet in California by Pat Connolly, who would go on to coach her to some of her greatest triumphs.

After earning a place on the US Olympic team at the age of 19, she finished fifth in the 100m final at Montreal 1976. Three years down the line, she became the first female American athlete to run under 11 seconds for the 100m and under 22 seconds for the 200m. During the decade that followed, she would do battle with the East German pair of Marlies Göhr and Marita Koch for the title of queen of the track.

On 3 July 1983 in Colorado Springs (USA), Ashford set her first world record, winning in 10.79 seconds, a marginal improvement on Göhr’s time of 10.81. She was the heavy favorite going into the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki, but she suffered an injury in the final of her chosen event and had to pull out. The following year, at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the diminutive American won two gold medals, clocking up a 10.97 in the individual 100m and running the anchor leg in the 4x100m relay to steer her colleagues to glory ahead of Canada and Great Britain in 41.65.

As the LA track events had taken place without the presence of the East Germans, Ashford proved a point in Zurich (SUI) on 22 August 1984, not only pipping Göhr at the line but also setting a new world record of 10.76, a time that would top the sprinting charts for four years and still remains the eighth best performance in history.

After marrying basketball player Ray Washington and giving birth to a daughter, Raina, in 1985, Ashford returned to the track. At Seoul 1988, she again ran the last leg of the 4x100m relay for the Americans, helping her team to beat the East Germans into second place with a time of 41.98. At her final Games, in Barcelona in 1992, a 35-year-old Ashford picked up her third gold medal in the relay, – and fourth overall – this time running a solid first leg. Her three consecutive Olympic 4x100m relay victories is a feat that no other female athlete has equaled to this day.

In 1997, Ashford was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame,[7] where she is said to be "one of the greatest track and field runners ever," and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990.

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  • How to book Evelyn Ashford?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Evelyn Ashford for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Evelyn Ashford, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Evelyn Ashford or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Evelyn Ashford?

    Booking fees for Evelyn Ashford, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Evelyn Ashford, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Evelyn Ashford?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Evelyn Ashford for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Evelyn Ashford for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Evelyn Ashford or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Evelyn Ashford or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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