Born: January 1, 1939
Died: February 6, 2007
Hometown: Money, MS
Year of Induction: 1981
She was a 16-year old high school sophomore when she won the silver medal in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.
Tennessee State (1959-62)
Track and field career
- Only American track athlete to appear in five Olympics (1956-60-64-68-72)
- Silver medal, long jump (1956)
- Silver medal, 4 x 100 relay (1964)
- Member of four U.S. Pan American Games teams
- Competed n 150 countries.
- Chicago Sports Hall of Fame
- U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame
- Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame
Did You Know?
Willye White started running track on her hometown high school varsity track team when she was just 10 years old.