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Encyclopedia > Joan Benoit
Olympic medal record
Women’s Athletics
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Marathon

Joan Benoit Samuelson (born May 16, 1957) is an American former marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced. As a result she was the first ever women's Olympic marathon champion. Athletics has been contested at every Summer Olympics since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... The official results of the Womens Marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California (USA), held on Sunday September 5, 1984. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Modern day marathon runners The word marathon refers to a long-distance road running event of 42. ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...


Career

Born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA, Benoit took to long-distance running to help recover from a broken leg suffered while skiing. At Bowdoin College she excelled in athletics and then entered the 1979 Boston Marathon as a relative unknown. She won the race, while wearing a Red Sox cap, in 2:35:15, knocking eight minutes off the competition record. She repeated that success with a victory again in 1983 that took more than two minutes off the world's best time, set by Grete Waitz in the London Marathon just the day before, despite having had surgery on her Achilles tendons two years earlier. Her time in 1983 would have won any of the last four Boston Marathons. Cape Elizabeth is a town in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the states most affluent municipality (per household median income) based on Census 2000 data. ... Bowdoin College, founded in 1794, is a private liberal arts college located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. ... The 100th running of the Boston Marathon, 1996 The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots Day, the third Monday of April. ... Grete Waitz née Andersen (born October 1, 1953) is a former Norwegian marathon runner who won nine New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988. ... Runners surge out of the Blackfriars Bridge underpass onto the Victoria Embankment; two miles to go The London Marathon is a road marathon that has been held each year in London since 1981, usually in April. ... “Surgeon” redirects here. ... This is about vertebrate anatomy. ...


At the 1984 Summer Olympics she won the first Olympic women's marathon in a time of 2:24.52 in hot and smoggy conditions, more than a minute ahead of her rivals. The athletes behind her were Grete Waitz, Rosa Mota and Ingrid Kristiansen, all marathon legends in their own right. Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Grete Waitz née Andersen (born October 1, 1953) is a former Norwegian marathon runner who won nine New York City Marathons between 1978 and 1988. ... Rosa Mota, pron. ... Ingrid Kristiansen (born March 21, 1956), from Norway, was the best female long distance runner in the second half of the 1980s. ...


Although she won the 1985 Chicago marathon, Benoit was hampered in the years after her Olympic victory by injuries and struggled to compete in major races. She received the 1985 James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is awarded annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. ...


After retirement

Since retirement from competitive running, she has written books including Running Tide and Running for Women, and has opened a running clinic. Aside from this she is a coach to women's cross-country and long-distance athletes, and is a motivational speaker and sports commentator. She also founded the Beach to Beacon Road Race, a 10 km (6.21 mile) race held in Cape Elizabeth, Maine each August that goes from Crescent Beach State Park to Ft. Williams Park and Portland Head Light. The race attracts many of the world's top distance runners. Elite runners often run this race and then, the following weekend, run the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Benoit has also won that race several times and ran it last in 2005. In 2003, Benoit won the Maine half marathon, defeating a field dominated by runners two decades her junior. In 2006 she helped pace former cycling champion Lance Armstrong as he competed in the New York City Marathon. Benoit resides in Freeport, Maine. The Beach to Beacon race is a 10 kilometer road running event that takes place along the coastline of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. ... The Falmouth Road Race is an annual 7-mile race on Cape Cod in Massachusetts from Woods Hole to Falmouth. ... Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson on September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist. ... The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run over a 42,195 m (26. ... Freeport, Maine Freeport is a town located in Cumberland County, Maine. ...

Olympic champions in women's marathon
1984: Joan Benoit | 1988: Rosa Mota | 1992: Valentina Yegorova | 1996: Fatuma Roba | 2000: Naoko Takahashi | 2004: Mizuki Noguchi
Preceded by
Trish Millines Dziko
Bruce Furniss
Virginia Gilder
Stacey Johnson
Gregory Kelser
Kellen Winslow
Silver Anniversary Awards (NCAA)
Class of 2005
Mark Johnson
Gary Lawrence
Paul McDonald
Greg Meredith
Joan Benoit Samuelson
Dave Stoldt
Succeeded by
Valerie Ackerman
Danny Ainge
Charles Davis
Terry Schroeder
Mike Singletary
Susan Wellington

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Joan Benoit the Maine Marvel. Athletes of the Marathon - Hall of Fame - Time-to-Run Marathon section - the greats of ... (461 words)
Benoit was not necessarily tactically brilliant, however her ability to run fast,when it counted, proved to be her greatest asset.
Unfortunately, Benoit was troubled by serious injuries and it is remarkable how only a number of weeks after athroscopic surgery she was able to win the Olympic trials for Americans in Eugene, Oregon, in a time of 2Hr 26min 11sec and in the same year go on to win the Olympic marathon in Los Angeles.
Joan Benoit scores 135 points and on her results is inducted to the athletes 'Hall of Fame' and 'women rankings' as one of the world's 'best female marathoners of all time'.
Joan Benoit - definition of Joan Benoit in Encyclopedia (253 words)
Joan Benoit Samuelson (born May 16, 1957) was an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA, Benoit took to long-distance running as a means to recover from a broken leg.
Although she won the 1985 Chicago marathon, in the years straight after her Olympic victory Benoit was hampered by injuries and struggled to compete in major races.
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