May 17, 2004
UCLA track and field greats Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner have been elected to the first U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame class since 1992.
Joyner-Kersee won Olympic heptathlons in 1988 and 1992 and as a four-time Olympian, she won six Olympic medals in her career. She still owns the world record in the heptathlon of 7,291 points set in winning the 1988 Olympic gold medal in Seoul.
Griffith Joyner, who died in 1998, won five Olympic medals in her career, including three gold medals at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay). She still holds world records in the 100m (10.49) and 200m (21.34).
Also in the U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class -
Alice Coachman Davis achieved her greatest fame in 1948 when she won the Olympic women's high jump title, thus becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Coachman Davis, who won 25 U.S. titles during her career, was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1975.
Others to be inducted at ceremonies July 1 in Chicago include swimmers Janet Evans and Matt Biondi, speedskaters Dan Jansen and Bonnie Blair, the 1996 women's soccer team, paralympian Randy Snow and special contributor Bud Greenspan.
UCLA Greats JJK, Gail Devers and Rafer Johnson to carry torch
Bruin greats and Olympic gold medalists Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Gail Devers and Rafer Johnson will participate in the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Torch Relay that will take place June 16-19 across the U.S. Cities participating in the torch relay are Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta and New York.
Over the course of the relay, the Olympic flame will travel to all cities that have hosted the summer Olympic Games, as well as several other selected cities. The relay will take the flame to each continent that is represented by the five Olympic rings, and will, for the first time, visit the continents of Africa and South America.
The Olympic flame will arrive in Los Angeles, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, on June 16. The flame will be in St. Louis (1904 Olympic Games), on June 17 before traveling to Atlanta (1996 Olympic Games), on June 18. The final stop in the U.S. portion of the International Torch Relay will be New York City on June 19.