Bruin Great Evelyn Ashford Elected to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

Oct. 13, 2005

From USA T & F - Two National Track & Field Hall of Famers, including UCLA great Evelyn Ashford, are among the newest selections to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, presented by Allstate. The 2006 class was released Wednesday.

Additional inductees of the 'Class of 2006' include National Track & Field Hall of Famer and NFL great Bob Hayes, Olympians Rowdy Gaines, Shannon Miller and Kristi Yamaguchi; Paralympian Diana Golden-Brosnihan; coach Herb Brooks; Jack Shea in the veterans category; and special contributor Dick Ebersol.

Evelyn Ashford won gold in both the 100 meters and the 4x100-meter relay at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and was the silver medalist in the 100m in 1988 at Seoul, where she again was a member of the USA's gold medal-winning 4x100m relay. Ashford collected her third consecutive 4x100m relay Olympic gold medal at Barcelona in 1992 at 35. She was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1997. As a Bruin, in 1977, Ashford was the AIAW National Champion in the 100m (11.32) and 200m (23.0) and helped lead UCLA to its second AIAW national team title. In 1978, when the Bruins placed second at the AIAW, Ashford won the 200m (22.91). On the UCLA career charts, she is No 4 (tied with Bruin head coach Jeanette Bolden) on the 100m list (11.16, 1978/11.14w) and No. 2 in the 200m (22.62, 1977/ behind school record-holder Florence Griffith-Joyner, 22.23, 1983). A two-time World record-holder in the 100m, Ashford was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

The 'Class of 2006' will be honored during the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, presented by Allstate, Induction Ceremony, Dec. 8, 2005, in Chicago, Ill. at the Harris Theatre.

Additionally, a nationally-televised special will air early in 2006 to enable sports fans across the United States to relive the moments that catapulted the Class of 2006 inductees to U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame status. Broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, visit www.olympic-usa.org/


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