Alice Coachman Davis, the first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal, passed away on Monday at the age of 90, as per American media.
She was a US track and field legend who won gold in the high jump at the 1948 London Games. Davis was born in Albany, GA on November 9, 1923 as Alice Coachman.
Davis won a gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London in the high jump, setting the then record of 5-feet-6 1/8 inches. She also won the AAU outdoor high jump title from 1939 to 1948.
In 1952, Coca-Cola awarded Davis an endorsement contract, making her the first African-American to earn an endorsement deal. She created the Alice Coachman Track and Field Foundation to help support young athletes. At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, she was recognized as one of the 100 greatest Olympians in history.